Imagining Geopolitics in the Age of the Anthropocene

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Ruiyun Sara Liao/ SUNY at Binghamton University
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A geological timescale provides a way of thinking about power relations between human beings and all kinds of geological forces. Since Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer proposed the term of the Anthropocene, the concept of the age of the Anthropocene brought out the environmental concern. This term evidently intends to mean "the human epoch" because the human force has become one of the dominant geophysical forces. It is believed that this new epoch began in the later 18th Century when the global effects of human activities have become clearly noticeable. That is, the age of the Anthropocene comes along with globalization. Globalization, according to Arundhati Roy, is "like a light which shines brighter and brighter on a few people and the rest are in darkness, wiped out. They simply can't be seen. Once you get used to not seeing something, then, slowly it's no longer possible to see it." This session aims to examine the impacts of globalization on the age of the Anthropocene and also their theories and practices in literature and film.

This panel will be including these questions but not limited to:
How the Anthropocene is theorized? Has globalization become obsolete in the age of climate change? What are the impacts of globalization on the age of the Anthropocene?
How are the impacts portrayed in literature and film?