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Written in Stone

with The Anthropocene Working Group

09 Jun 2016

In this final Study Session in the series, we are delighted to invite a member of the Anthropocene Working Group to share with us the insights their work provides in understanding our human impact on the biosphere. In the four previous Study Sessions we have presented an overview of the Anthropocene; discussed theories on how to narrate an epoch; considered the impact of a nuclear age; and explored how these ideas and concerns manifest themselves within contemporary art.

This year marks a crucial juncture for the Anthropocene Working Group and the global geological community, as results of their proposal to formalise the 'Anthropocene' for consideration by the International Commission on Stratigraphy will be announced in late 2016. In addition to their own investigations, members of the group will discuss the proposal and the significant impact –locally, globally and historically- should the Anthropocene be officially recognised as a new Epoch.

Joining us on this occasion will be Professor Mark Williams from Leicester University and we are happy to welcome back Alex Vesudevan from University of Nottingham to chair the event. Alex gave a fascinating overview and introduction to the Anthropocene in the first study session and in this last event he will summarise the programme and conclude the series.

Professor Mark Williams's main focus of work on the Anthropocene (with Jan and others) is investigating the human impact on the biosphere. This involves comparing the present degree of biological change induced by humans with past major changes in the biosphere over the 4 billion years of its evolution. He will also talk about the way in which humans have fundamentally changed energy flows in the biosphere, in the way that we use fossil fuels, primary production from plants, and the way in which we have concentrated so much biomass in the animals we eat.
Alexander Vasudevan is Assistant Professor of Cultural and Historical Geography at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Metropolitan Preoccupations: The Spatial Politics of Squatting (2015). His current research focuses on radical politics, urban squatting and the wider geographies of contemporary precarity as well as the contemporary artistic practice and the environmental humanities.
6.30pm, The Space, Free.




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