21.06.2013 | IHDP: A microcosm of the anthropocene – fieldwork and social theory in the Amazon

There is a way of being in the Amazon that accepts the rhythms of nature, the slow cycle of seasonal flooding and droughts, spaces to expansive to be covered with human footprints. A historical sense of time in the Amazon remembers the recurring stories of development and bust, and unstoppable progression of colonization frontiers. Over the last 40 years, the Amazon is home to a new sense of time: the urgent and overwhelming acceleration of the Anthropocene. Over this period the region has been perhaps the greatest and most dynamic laboratory of policies, views of development, democratization and multiculturalism, political ideologies and environmental agendas. The region is also emblematic of the challenges faced by the social sciences in bridging the gap between what we observe in the field and what we see on the aggregate.

About Eduardo Brondizio

Prof. Brondizio is a Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University (Bloomington-USA) and currently a resident fellow at the Institut d’études avancées (IEA), Paris. His research follows the rural populations of the Brazilian Amazon, their life and livelihoods, social and economic identities, and their position within wider society.

About the Lecture

The public lecture will be followed by a light lunch reception. It will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the Langer Eugen building (Hermann-Ehlers-Str. 10) in Bonn. The event is free to the public. In accordance with United Nations security procedures.

Please register online in advance.

Source: IHDP press release (14.06.2013)