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Alternative Incursions Anthropocene 2021 : Beyond Modernity: Alternative Incursions into the Anthropocene


When Jun 15, 2021 - Jun 16, 2021
Where Online
Submission Deadline May 10, 2021
Notification Due Jun 1, 2021
Final Version Due Sep 15, 2021
Categories    anthropocene   political ecology   capitalism   posthumanism

Call For Papers

The “Anthropocene”, a term coined by Crutzen and Stroemer (2000) to designate our current geological epoch, highlights the inseparability between human activities and climate systems. As humans become agents of geohistory (Latour, 2014), the very foundations of our civilizational model and socioeconomic system are being questioned. The modern political project was founded on a divide between Nature and Culture and, as a consequence, the current socioeconomic system is based on a particularly violent relationship towards the webs of life. Capitalism, as a “world-ecology”, depends on the endless exploitation of Nature, women, the proletariat, indigenous people and of other minorities. This pursuit of limitless growth in a limited world is fundamentally anti-ecological and deeply unequal.

In this sense, the “Anthropocene event” is not purely a physical phenomenon: rather, it is inextricably linked to the power relations that govern our social, economic and political systems. This is why critical authors have been problematizing and rethinking the concept of the “Anthropocene”, refusing to accept its homogenized and universal conception of “Humanity”. Not all humans — nor countries — are equally responsible for environmental degradation. Universalizing the capitalist mode of production ignores the global asymmetries of power that have generated unprecedented levels of environmental degradation. Consequently, authors have been proposing the use of terms like “Capitalocene” (Moore, 2016), “Plutocene” (Solón, 2019) or “Manthropocene” (Raworth, 2014), which emphasize, respectively, the destructive logic of global capitalism, of concentration of power in the hands of a global economic and financial elite, and of the gendered structure of power.

However, these conceptualisations have also been criticized for reproducing the modern dualisms that separate human and non-human agency. In this sense, Donna Haraway (2016) proposes the term “Chthulucene”, arguing, as Danowski and Viveiros de Castro (2015) and Krenak (2019), that humans are not the only relevant actors on this Planet. These authors argue that there is an urge not only to move away from the capitalist paradigm of infinite growth, but also to go beyond the precepts of our civilizational model. As Escobar (2016) puts it, “we are facing modern problems for which there are no longer modern solutions.” Indeed, ontologically speaking, the environmental crisis — as well as the social, political, institutional, geopolitical, and, more recently, global health crisis — is a crisis of a particular way-of-doing-world: the Western Modernity paradigm. To overcome the multidimensional global systemic crises we face, it has become increasingly evident that we need counter-hegemonic theoretical proposals that go beyond modern ontologies and epistemologies.

We invite authors and/or activists to provide critical and counter-hegemonic support to discussions around the “Anthropocene”. Authors will have the chance to present their papers at the Conference and will, later on, be invited to publish their full article at the Review CES Contexto. We welcome conceptual proposals as well as empirical examples that discuss, analyse or deepen some (but not limited to) of these topics:

- Capitalocene versus Anthropocene; Extractivism, Capitalism, (Neo)Imperialism, (Neo)Colonialism and the Anthropocene;

- South Epistemologies and the Anthropocene; Pluriverse and Pluriversal Politics; Counter-Hegemonic Ontologies and the Anthropocene;

- Radical Political Ecologies; Decolonial Political Ecologies; Black Ecologies; Post-Capitalist Ecologies; Ecofeminist Political Ecologies; Post-Development Ecologies;

- Green Politics; Radical and Green Political Economy; Degrowth; Commons and Commoning;

- Rights of Nature; Human-Animal Studies; Human-Nature Relations; Posthumanism;

- Systemic Alternatives; Grassroots Innovations; Prefigurative Politics; Alternatives to the Capitalist World-Ecology;

- Environmental and Climate Justice Movements; Socioecological Conflicts and Resistances; Land and Territorial Struggles;

- Indigenous Worldviews on Ecology; American Indian Cosmologies; Buen Vivir; Sumak Kawsay;

- The Anthropocene, More-than-human Agency and the Arts;

- The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Anthropocene.

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