Coping mechanisms to face the Anthropocene: a Social Science approach

By the end of 2021, three different institutions came together to bring to life “At the Cutting Edges of Knowledge Production: Borders and Black Holes in Academic Dialogue”. CALAS, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and The Bielefeld University held the International Conference to address the challenges of the Anthropocene era. This podcast summarizes the papers presented in the first session in which scientist from different corners of the world built on the hub of environmental crises while questioning the role and limits of social sciences within the Anthropocene.

Coping mechanisms to face the Anthropocene: a Social Science approach


Charlotte Wrigley-Asante is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Development, University of Ghana and is co-Director (Ghana) of the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA), based on University of Ghana campus. Her main research areas include gender, urbanization, poverty and empowerment issues in Ghana. She has conducted research in the areas of gendered livelihoods focusing specifically on women and natural resources management, women in informal cross-border trading in urban Ghana; gender dynamics of crime and safety in urban public spaces; and gender and climate change issues in Ghana. Research in the area of climate change has focused on the gendered implications of climate change on small-holder agricultural farmers and the gender differences in their adaptation strategies in different geographical settings.

Christof Mauch is Director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (a Käte Hamburger Kolleg), and Chair in American Cultural History at LMU Munich. He is an Honorary Professor at the Center for Ecological History of Renmin University in China, a past President of the European Society for Environmental History and a former Director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. (1999-2007). His recent books include Slow Hope: Rethinking Ecologies of Crisis and Fear (2019), Urwald der Bayern (2020), and Paradise Blues: Auf der Suche nach der amerikanischen Natur (in print).

Dipesh Chakrabarty is an Indian historian, who has also made contributions to postcolonial theory and subaltern studies. He is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in history at the University of Chicago, and is the recipient of the 2014 Toynbee Prize, named after Professor Arnold J. Toynbee, that recognizes social scientists for significant academic and public contributions to humanity.

Franz Mauelshagen received his PhD in history from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He was a Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Directors at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (KWI) / Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen, Germany, where he also coordinated the "Climate & Culture" research program. In 2010 he was awarded a research grant from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) for the project "Climates of Migration: Climate Change and Environmental Migration in History." Franz’s research focuses on the history of climate, natural hazards and adaptation to environmental risk. 

Jörn Ahrens is Professor of Cultural Sociology with Emphasis on the Transformation of Culture, at Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen & Extraordinary Professor of Social Anthropology at North-West University, South Africa. Main research areas: analyses of modern culture & popular media; questions of violence, the self, myth, and nature / culture.

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Fecha: June, 2022

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Podcast: Coping mechanisms to face the Anthropocene: a Social Science approach

Fecha: June, 2022

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