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will be given by

Professor Anna Tsing, University of California, Santa Cruz

Thursday 29 November 2018 at 5.30pm, in the BP Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.

The More-than-Human Anthropocene

As with most things, we humans have been unable to make the Anthropocene by ourselves.  Indeed, the Anthropocene is a series of nonhuman feral effects, if “feral” might be used to describe nonhuman engagements with human projects of landscape modification that do not accord with engineers’ designs.  Climate change, for example, is the feral effect of carbon dioxide released from industrial burning of fossil fuels.  Feral effects are patchy; they urge an analysis situated in particular landscape modifications, such as the factories that release all that CO2.  There is something important and exciting for anthropologists to do in describing these patches.  Anthropologists are experts in patch analysis, and we should not just relax into critique.  Using my in-process collaborative project Feral Atlas to illustrate, this lecture offers methods for studying the more-than-human Anthropocene as the feral dynamics of imperial and industrial infrastructures. 

The event is free, but places must be booked. Please book your place at https://tsing.eventbrite.co.uk

“Acceleration,” preliminary sketch for one of four Feral Atlas landscapes, by Feifei Zhou

Enquiries to: RAI, 50 Fitzroy St, London W1T 5 BT; tel 020 7387 0455; email

Location: BP Lecture Theatre, Clore Centre
British Museum
Great Russell Street
United Kingdom