Voices of the Global South on the Anthropocene: Archaeological, Historical, and Ancestral Perspectives

  • Start: Jun 20, 2024
  • End: Jun 21, 2024
  • Speaker: Various
  • Location: Hybrid
  • Host: Perspectives from the Global South on the Anthropocene
  • Contact: archglobalsouth@gmail.com
Voices of the Global South on the Anthropocene: Archaeological, Historical, and Ancestral Perspectives

The ‘Anthropocene’ signifies a period where our species exerts a profound influence on Earth's systems. The origins and drivers of these influences have deep and often unequal historical underpinnings and consequences. Archaeology, history, and palaeoecology increasingly underscore the diversity of impacts of long-term human environment interactions on contemporary ecosystems, which might, in turn, trigger Earth system feedbacks on a variety of different temporal scales.

To shed light on these complexities, we are assembling young scholars together with a panel of specialists from diverse backgrounds, equipped with a multifaceted methodological approach. Our mission is to underscore how dialogue between archaeology, history, palaeoecology, and Indigenous knowledge can yield insights into relationships between human land use, environmental stewardship, and the Earth system across space and time. Crucially, by ensuring the inclusion of these perspectives, with a particular emphasis on the Global South and its scholars, we endeavour to address long-term questions regarding the impact of past and present ‘Anthropocene’ dynamics on the Earth.

Our goal is to present case studies and viewpoints from across the Global South to create the foundation for a collaborative, multi-authored Assessment Report. We plan to submit this report to the Convention of Parties (COP) 30 meeting in Brazil in 2025. We believe this can also serve as a platform for often-marginalised voices. By doing so, we aim to provide a practical, tangible framework for combining historical perspectives, local science and Indigenous analysis to advocate for a more equitable and sustainable ‘Anthropocene’ trajectory.

Workshop Sessions (June 20-21)

  • Historical insights on the ‘Anthropocene’: what does the Global South say?
  • Palaeoecological observations of land use change
  • Indigenous knowledge and perspectives on the ‘Anthropocene’ crisis
  • Heritage Sites Documentation and Management
  • Group discussion on ongoing impacts of colonialism in science

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