Research in the Anthropocene

This research institute is dedicated to interdisciplinary research that genuinely links diverse academic subjects and practises, e.g.:  Earth Sciences, Philosophy, global histories, Anthropology, Urban planning, Education and the Arts. The goal is to set a viable course for habitation in the future …

Aims

The contemporary moment calls for unprecedented collective action, collaboration, and the unified intellectual efforts of academics, policy makers, and global community activists. The naming of this moment as the Anthropocene is an introduction to the momentous changes that are becoming apparent as a result of anthropocentric inhabitation of the planet Earth. Rather than taking a moralistic, reactive, or limited approach to understanding this habitation, and, importantly, the future of this habitation; the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research into the Anthropocene (IIRA) has the primary aims of understanding these processes, thinking through their consequences, and deciding upon what can be done.

Thinking practices for the Anthropocene

Significantly, detailed scientific investigation and statements about the facts of anthropocentric planetary change, or understanding the best ways to mitigate against these changes, are not enough to make the wholesale reversals in human behavior necessary to survive the present moment, sometimes called ‘the sixth great extinction event’. Similarly, well-meaning causes championed by environmental groups lose out, precisely because of the power of corporations, which are driven by profit, and are able to manipulate the environmental messages given by science to serve profit-driven purposes. The Institute for Interdisciplinary Research into the Anthropocene will address this situation as one of its priorities, and the ‘thinking practices for the Anthropocene’ that will be derived will be set outside of corporate thinking in order to obtain clarity with respect to moving from known facts, to ways forward from current culturally and socially determined impasses, embodied by the human effects of the Anthropocene.