The advent of the Anthropocene concept and Earth system sciences – putting forward upscaled temporalities in the public sphere, the dramatization of warnings on planetary limits and boundaries and on the human impacts of climate change – provide a challenging context for the humanities and social sciences.
In history, the Anthropocene has led to news converging grounds between world history and environmental history. In social and political sciences, it has led to new researches on the socio-historical construction of the global environment, the role of knowledge networks, numbers and images as well as on the power/knowledge deployed to govern the Earth as a system and to govern (through) limits.
In human geography, it has stimulated new works on the politics of scale and the processes of “planetarization”. In the field of legal studies, the Anthropocene theme, as well as planetary boundaries concept, stimulate the reformulation of foundational legal concepts as well as the study of the emergence of new legal process at the crossroads of national and international levels.
The conference will be held in Paris, at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, from the 29th May 2018 to the 1st June 2018. It is part of the Paris Sciences et Lettres-Environnement Research Program on “Environmental Humanities in the age of Anthropocene”, and is supported by the NYU-PSL Global Alliance.
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