Eleventh International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

  • 2016 Special Focus: An Age and its Ends—Social Science in the Era of the Anthropocene
  • 2–5 August 2016
  • Imperial College London, London, UK

At a Glance...

4

Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.

270+

Delegates from all over the world who attended the Eleventh International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.

45

Countries Represented.

2016 Special Focus: An Age and Its Ends: Social Science in the Era of the Anthropocene

From the first hunting of animals and burning of lands by hunters and gatherers, then the tilling of fields and planting of crops by farmers, to the rise of smokestack industries, and more recently to intensified social, political, and economic globalizations, collective human action has left an undeniable mark on the natural environment. The more recent phases of this long history are now being defined as the ‘age of the Anthropocene’, or an age where a single species is determining the direction of the Earth’s natural history. A key purpose of defining the age is to understand a new stage in the interaction of the social and the natural, manifest today in human-induced changes to global temperatures, sea level, CO2 in the atmosphere, to name just a few consequential eco-systemic changes.

There is a certain kind of teleological quality to this argument. We are ‘in’ the age of the Anthropocene but we are at the same time concerned about its ‘ends’, in the sense of human purposes and effects. In the most apocalyptic versions of this argument, human damage to the Earth that may undermine the very conditions of human and other life on Earth. ‘Ends’ are projected through augments supported by evidence of the intensifying impacts of human activity and social systems on the Earth. How can interdisciplinary approaches in the social sciences help us to explore these ‘ends’ of our age in terms of their environmental and human consequences? This year’s Special Focus for the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference—An Age and Its Ends: Social Science in the Era of the Anthropocene—is necessarily open-ended because of the contingent nature of human ‘ends’. Whether or not we accept the velocity of global environmental change, human impacts on the environment demand a reappraisal of the disciplinary moorings of the social sciences. Looking forward into the future, how can we navigate alternative sustainable social pathways, sensitive to the natural environment? What social, economic, political, educational, as well as natural scientific perspectives and methods need to be brought to the table in this essentially interdisciplinary endeavor?

Plenary Speakers

David Humphreys

David Humphreys

Professor of Environmental Policy, Associate Dean, Social Sciences Program Director, The Open University, UK

"Responding to Planetary Change: What Role for the Social Sciences in the Anthropocene?”

Daniel Rourke

Daniel Rourke

Lecturer in Arts and Digital Media, London South Bank University and Associate Lecturer in the History of Art, Design, and Film, Kingston University, London, UK

"Embracing the Horror of The Anthropocene"

Graduate Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Graduate Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. The 2016 Graduate Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Antwi Boasiako

Antwi Boasiako

Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada

Louise Cardoso de Mello

Louise Cardoso de Mello

Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, Spain

Sandra Carrillo Hoyos

Sandra Carrillo Hoyos

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, UK

Kojo Damptey

Kojo Damptey

Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC, Canada

Alexandra Maris

Alexandra Maris

University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Komali Kantamaneni

Komali Kantamaneni

University of Wales: Trinity Saint David, Swansea, UK

Jongmi Lee

Jongmi Lee

Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea

Lucía Lomba Portela

Lucía Lomba Portela

University of Vigo, Galicia, Spain

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Aditya Mohanty

Aditya Mohanty

University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK

Clarence Moore

Clarence Moore

University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Valentina Paresic

Valentina Paresic

University of Split, Split, Croatia

Bethan Rigles

Bethan Rigles

University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Isma Rosyida

Isma Rosyida

Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan

Janelle Christine Simmons

Janelle Christine Simmons

Liberty University, Lynchberg, USA

Vuyolwethu Seti

Vuyolwethu Seti

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Sreejita Dey

Sreejita Dey

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Posters

Virtual Posters present preliminary results of work or projects that lend themselves to visual representations. Download the posters below.

Virtual Lightning Talk

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