!!Call for abstract proposals
!!The Anthropocene: from boundaries to bonds. Interdisciplinary crossovers in knowledge development
__Conference Date:__ 19-20 October 2023\\
__Conference venue:__ University of Science and Technology, H-14 building, Wrocław, Poland\\
__Deadline for abstract proposals:__ The deadline for submissions has been moved to June 15th, 2023.
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__Our conference aims at investigating the potential of inter/trans/multidisciplinary alliances in research on the
Anthropocene and the importance of such disciplinary border-crossings for producing knowledge that can not
only meet the challenges of the scientific kind, but also be transferrable to the social sphere. The Anthropocene
defies the cognitive, imaginative, affective and ethical systems underlying our perception and understanding
of reality. We propose to see the knowledge on/of the Anthropocene as a borderland where many turning points
(crises) meet and coalesce. Such a perspective exposes the necessity to think beyond the dualisms
of science/humanities. The project seeks spaces for mutual inspirations and new bonds between systems,
methods and classes governing science and knowledge. __
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In particular, we invite crossing disciplinary boundaries. While expert knowledge remains at the core of examining
the Anthropocene, its resultant commitment to devise guidance for policy makers and to develop social awareness
based on verified knowledge requires involvement from other fields of expertise. Scholarship tackling the
Anthropocene spans, apart from earth sciences, social science, the humanities, human geography, and other
disciplines. By bringing together scholars from many areas of research inquiry, the seminar aims at exploring
the possibility of inter- and multidisciplinary scholarly work on developing accountable knowledge that needs
to be subsequently translated into social and cultural narratives. How do we cooperate across the boundaries
within academia, in politics and social organizations as we strive to address the Anthropocene?\\ \\

That the Anthropocene poses an unprecedented challenge urging political action at global and local levels has
been already evidenced by activists, NGOs, political groups and researchers across the world. Governance
models so far have been involved in the crucial conflict between the harshness of data forecasting catastrophic
scenarios and the fear to decrease consumption and extraction of resources. How do we create new ways
of relating (intra- and interspecies) and turn the shattering experience of boundary-crossing into active
bond-making through science, politics and various forms of activism? \\ \\

We want to explore what narratives are being developed to provide viable solutions at the level of politics and
governance, including institutions for educating society and expanding the civic sense of responsibility and new
planetary awareness. What new lexicons are being developed to accommodate the cognitive, ethical and ontological
challenges of the planet in crisis? What new forms of thinking, doing and telling do we need to create
a new semiotics of crisis, catastrophe, accountability, agency, and hope that cannot be contained within the
known paradigm of human mastery of the earth? How do we confront the limits of our understanding and devise
new ways of sense-making in light of (rather than despite) the Anthropocene? How to promote knowledge based
on the idea of reciprocity?


* Olga Tokarczuk Ex-Centre. Academic Research Centre, Faculty of Letters, [University of Wrocław|https://uwr.edu.pl] 
*__Academia Europaea Wrocław Knowledge Hub__

!Main topics:
The topics and questions below, by no means exhausting the range of concerns, encourage an inter- and multidisciplinary
reflection on the Anthropocene. We invite individual presentations, thematic panels and roundtables
on the following: \\
*__The geopolitics of modernization:__ capitalist (Capitalocene) and socialist (communist) models; extractivism and coloniality
*__Cartographies of Anthropocene-generated displacements__
*__Anthropocene(s) in critical thought, arts and cultural narratives:__ apocalyptic narratives; ecomodernism and narratives of hope; the role of art in imagining better futures; the Anthropocene art
*__Social temporalities (political, cultural, etc.) and planetary (geological) temporalities__
*__Programs promoting climate care:__ forms of intervention, the appealing value, viability of plans, translationality/transferrability of premises
*__Local struggles and resilience:__ decarbonization, transition to renewable energy, grassroots and cross-border practices of sustainability and restoration
*__Anthropocene pedagogies:__ how and what to teach about the Anthropocene to various socialand age groups?
*__Affective Anthropocene:__ anxiety, grief, mourning, denial, hope
*__Indigenous knowledges as models for sustainability and environmental justice struggles__
*__Planetarity of ecological imagination and thought vs. globalism of consumer markets__
*__New ontologies:__ ecological catastrophe as an example of “hyperobjects”; materials and their processes; interdependencies of life and non-life; non-human (more-than-human) agencies and the possibilities of new relationality for the human, the non-human and more-than-human

!Keynote speakers:
*Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago
*Professor Orit Halpern, Technische Universität Dresden
*[Professor Sean Hand|Member/Hand_Sean] MAE, University of Warwick
*Professor Jeremy David Bendik-Keymer, Case Western Reserve University
*Professor Peter Kraftl, University of Birmingham
*[Professor Valerio Lucarini|Member/Lucarini_Valerio] MAE, University of Reading
*Professor Juan Carlos Cruz Suárez, Stockholm University
*Professor Mark Williams, University of Leicester
*Professor em. Jan Zalasiewicz, University of Leicester

!Scientific Board:
*[Professor em. dr. Lars Walløe|Member/Walløe_Lars] MAE, University of Oslo
*[Professor Göran Bolin|Member/Bolin_Göran] MAE, Södertörn University
*Professor dr. hab. Ewa Domańska, Adam Mickiewicz Uniwersity 
*Professor dr. Orit Halpern, TU Dresden
*Professor Mark Jackson, Bristol University
*Professor dr. hab. Leszek Koczanowicz, SWPS
*Professor dr. Mirja Lecke, University of Regensburg
*[Professor Valerio Lucarini|Member/Lucarini_Valerio]  MAE, University of Reading
*Dr. inż. Marta Rusnak, PWr, Academia Iuvenum
*Dr. hab. Marta Tomczok, Prof. Uniwersytet Śląski
*Prof. Juan Carlos Cruz Suárez, University of Stockholm
*Prof. Mark Williams, Leicester University
*Dr. Benjamin Dew, Coventry University
*Olga Tokarczuk Ex-Centre: dr. hab. Dorota Kołodziejczyk, MAE; dr. Urszula Lisowska; dr. hab. Katarzyna Nowak-McNeice; dr. hab. Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak, Prof. UWr; dr. hab. Agnieszka Helena Duffy, Prof. UWr; dr. hab. Katarzyna Majbroda, Prof. UWr

!Organizing Committee:
__Olga Tokarczuk Ex-Centre. Academic Research Centre, Faculty of Letters, University of Wrocław:
*Ewelina Adamik 
*dr. hab. Wojciech Browarny 
*prof. UWr, dr. Joanna Banachowicz 
*dr. hab. Justyna Deszcz, Prof. UWr
*dr. hab. Agnieszka Helena Duffy, prof. UWr 
*dr. Urszula Lisowska 
*dr. Małgorzata Kolankowska
*dr hab. Dorota Kołodziejczyk 
*Katarzyna Koza
*Anna Maciejewska 
*prof. dr. hab. Katarzyna Majbroda, Prof. UWr
*dr. hab. Katarzyna Nowak-McNeice
__Academia Europaea Wrocław Knowledge Hub:
*Anna Jarosz
*Katarzyna Majkowska

!!Important information:
*There is no conference fee.
*The Organizers may offer a small travel refund to a limited number of PhD students and emerging scholars.
*The conference will take place at the University of Wrocław. Wrocław is a beautiful city in south-west Poland.
*Deadline for abstract proposals (20 min individual papers; 60 min panels; 45 min roundtables): __15 June 2023__. 
*Please send abstract/panel proposals with a short bio-note to: [anthropoceneconf@gmail.com|mailto:anthropoceneconf@gmail.com]
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__The initiative is supported by the __Academia Europaea__ [Hubert Curien Initiatives Fund|Acad_Main/Activities/Curien_Fund].__