3 Jul 2024 - 4 Jul 2024 All day Jesus College

Description

Convenors

  • Alison Bashford (University of New South Wales)
  • Duncan Kelly (University of Cambridge)
  • David Nally (University of Cambridge)

Summary

The interdisciplinary research group who first described a “Great Acceleration,” c. 1950, produced a suite of now-famous graphs depicting large-scale socio-economic changes. Significantly, the first displays world net population growth. In subsequent analysis of the Anthropocene, however, stark late modern changes in human fertility, mortality, ageing, and consumption have probably been the least discussed of all the variables. This is one measure of the highly successful critique of the problematisation of population. This small meeting brings together key scholars of the Anthropocene, of population, of reproductive justice and of political ecology and economy. How do we think about population in the Anthropocene?


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Programme

3 July 2024

10:00 - 12:00

Where is population in Anthropocene scholarship?

Speakers:

  • Naomi Oreskes (Harvard University)
  • Julia Adeney Thomas (University of Notre Dame)
  • Jan Zalasiewicz (University of Leicester)

Chair: Jude Browne (University of Cambridge)

13:00 - 15:00

Population and the Great Acceleration

Speakers:

  • John McNeill (Georgetown University)
  • Alison Bashford (University of New South Wales)
  • Matthew Connelly (University of Cambridge)

Chair: Sujit Sivasundaram (University of Cambridge)

15:30 - 17:30

Political Ecologies: growth, degrowth, limits, scarcity

Speakers:

  • Duncan Kelly (University of Cambridge)
  • Shailaja Fennell (University of Cambridge)
  • Matthias Schmelzer (Friedrich-Schiller University Jena)

Chair: Pedro Ramos Pinto (University of Cambridge)

4 July 2024

10:00 - 12:00

Reproductive Justice in the Anthropocene

Speakers:

  • Meehan Crist (Columbia University)
  • Diana Coole (Birbeck, University of London)
  • R. Sánchez-Rivera (University of Cambridge)

Chair: Véronique Mottier (University of Cambridge

13:00 - 15:00

Fertility Decline and Demographic Change

Speakers:

  • Simon Szreter (University of Cambridge)
  • Kavita Sivaramakrishnan (Columbia University)
  • Aya Homei (University of Manchester)

Chair: Romola Davenport (University of Cambridge)

15:30 - 17:00

Food and Agriculture

Speakers:

  • David Nally (University of Cambridge)
  • Maan Barua (University of Cambridge)

Chair: Melissa Leach (University of Cambridge)

17:00 - 17:30

Discussion

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