Oxford May Music: The Anthropocene

Oxford May Music: The Anthropocene


Prof. Malhi on what, when and what is it good for?

The Anthropocene, the concept that the Earth has moved into a novel geological epoch characterised by human domination of the planetary system, is an increasingly prevalent concept in academic and in wider culture. I explore and review the origins of and history of the concept, and the arguments around its geological formalisation and starting date. I examine perspectives and critiques of the concept from the Earth system sciences, ecological and geological sciences, and from the social sciences and humanities, exploring its role as a cultural zeitgeist and ideological provocation. I conclude by offering a personal perspective on the concept of the Anthropocene and its usefulness.

Duration: 1 hour with no interval

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