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Re-enchantment, Complexity and Politics in the Anthropocene

An interdisciplinary workshop bringing together anthropology, sociology, geography in conversation over the role of enchantment in the present moment.
When Apr 20, 2017
from 02:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where The Mond Building Seminar Room
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Climate Histories Workshop:Re-enchantment, Complexity and Politics in the Anthropocene


MIASU Seminar Room, Mond Building, New Museums Site, University of Cambridge - https://map.cam.ac.uk/Mongolia+and+Inner+Asia+Studies+Unit#52.203106,0.120056,17
Thursday 20th April 2017
14.00 - 17.30 

An interdisciplinary workshop bringing together anthropology, sociology, geography in conversation over the role of enchantment in the present moment. At a time of environmental crisis and political instability, an increasing degree of critical scholarship has been trained on the conceptual triptych of enchantment, disenchantment, and re-enchantment. To what extent do these themes intersect with political and moral realities we face today? How do contemporary spiritual movements harness enchantment and re-enchantment as techniques of empowerment? How might vitalistic thinking help us navigate the complexities and concerns of contemporary societies?

During the workshop, we will hear from three scholars, each of which whom will present for 40 minutes on these themes:

Steve Quilley
School of Resources, Environment and Sustainability; University of Waterloo.
"‘Creative destruction’, complexity and hegemonic common sense: earth-based spirituality, everyday heroism and the political economy of livelihood.”

Rogelio Luque Lora
Department of Geography; University of Cambridge
Title to be confirmed.

Jonathan Woolley
Division of Social Anthropology; University of Cambridge
Ravens on the Rig: The Cosmopolitical Contours around British Sacred Places

These presentations will be followed by questions and a plenary discussion.

Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research on the Environment is a group that was initiated following a successful AHRC Network grant within Social Anthropology which created an interdisciplingary netwook on Climate Histories. Following the success of this network an interdisciplinary seminar series was funded by CRASSH from 2011–2016 to continue work on this theme. This series was co-convened by the Departments of Social Anthropology, Geography, and the Engineering Department's Centre for Sustainable Development.

The series brought together people from a range of academic and non-academic backgrounds including the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences, and those working within policy, industry, activism, education, and media and continues as an occasional series hosted at the Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit.

The connections and networks made through the discussions in this series formed the backdrop against which some funding bids were developed and the projects that resulted are also featured on this site.