LUCSUS seminar: Confronting the relational Anthropocene
Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) presents a series of seminars with focus on research, pedagogical training and impact by LUCSUS researchers as well as guest researchers and invited speakers.
Welcome to this semester's first LUCSUS seminar, Confronting the Relational Anthropocene: Introducing environmental humanities and their relevance to all of sustainability science, using a participatory experiment, by Stephen Woroniecki.
Sustainability science starts – ontologically speaking – at Human-Environment Interactions (HEIs). The scientific endeavour almost in its entirety is implicated in arriving at this point. But such an ontologypresents a range of issues, across both the scientific process and wider societal engagement with sustainability. A new generation of scholars are working to excavate these ontologies, examining the ways that, for instance, the scientifically-useful distinction between the social and the ecological is wrapped up with questions of power and method. Subaltern scholars have most progressively advanced the theory. Speculative philosophy (the ‘what if’ people; e.g. Whitehead, Stengers, and Latour) is also highly relevant.
Whilst fast becoming another political football, I would argue that the Anthropocene concept also offers us a renewed chance to examine these ontological legacies and ask again if going forward Sustainability Science should be founded upon them. Following on my mid-term seminar discussion, and working towards the development of ideas for my PhD kappa I would like to concretely bring these issues to the table in this LUCSUS seminar. I ask us to consider together how such issues are prescient in moving the frontiers of sustainability science, conducting reflective research, and working on a notionally solutions-orientated PhD thesis.
Tentatively defined as the ways that people, occupying vastly different places in the world, account for their relationship with others and the world; in other words, what they believe the world is made of.
About Stephen Woroniecki
Stephen Woroniecki is a PhD candidate in Sustainability Science, at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS).
His main research focus in on: Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation; Participatory methodologies for understanding vulnerability to climate change; Power relations and political economy in the context of sustainability science; Externally-led sustainability interventions (e.g. international-donor-funded projects)
The seminar is open for everyone. No registration needed!