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Asia and the Anthropocene (Azija in Antropocen)

Mark J. Hudson


The term “Anthropocene” has been proposed as a label for the era in which human domination of the earth’s ecosystems has turned humanity into a geological process. Particularly in its more recent historical manifestations, the Anthropocene also represents a crisis of sustainability, a period formed through human activities that have already exceeded what scientists have called the “safe operating limits for humanity”. The concepts of the Anthropocene and the global ecological crisis might seem the final nails in the coffin of Asian Studies, a field of area studies that developed for largely geopolitical reasons that had little to do with ecology and the environment. Yet this paper will argue that the Anthropocene gives a new edge to the study of Asia. Three main aspects of this argument will be examined.


(Celoten opis predavanja je v priponki)
Mark J. Hudson je profesor antropologije na Univerzi Nishikyushu na Japonskem in član skupine "History Working Group" na Centru za ainujske in avtohtone študije Univerze na Hokkaidu. Je avtor knjige Ruins of identity: Ethnogenesis in the Japanese Islands, 400 B.C. to A.D. 1400 (1995)
Mark J. Hudson is Professor of Anthropology at Nishikyushu University in Japan and a member of the History Working Group of the Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies, Hokkaido University. He is author of the book Ruins of identity: Ethnogenesis in the Japanese Islands, 400 B.C. to A.D. 1400 (1995)
Predavanje, ki ga organizira Oddelek za azijske in afriške študije, bo 13. marca 2014 ob 13.50 v predavalnici 030.