CfP Grounding Value in the Anthropocene | 15 September 2021

Boîte aux lettres – Arles@AnneSimon

Boîte aux lettres – Arles@AnneSimon


‘Grounding Value in the Anthropocene’

(funded by the British Academy and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)
Workshop: First week of November 2021
Application deadline: 15 September 2021
Contributions are invited for an interdisciplinary online workshop on ‘value’ in the Anthropocene. The virtual gathering will form the basis of an online open-source pedagogic resource that will be co-created with a visual artist as part of a project about the diverse ways in which the environment has been valued by members of different communities, publics, and academic disciplines. 
By acknowledging the central role of humanity in shaping the planet, the concept of the Anthropocene confronts us with questions of value in myriad ways – we are compelled to pay attention to what is valued, how, and by whom. However, practices of understanding and valuing environments are not consistent within societies or between them. Moreover, different values can complicate cooperation when it comes to solving environmental and societal challenges. This presents issues for all sorts of stakeholders in research and teaching who are situated within strictly defined disciplinary boundaries. We wish to place divergent values next to each other so that an open-ended discussion about regimes of understanding ‘the environment’ can emerge. 
Initially, we are inviting proposals for a visual presentation to accompany a provocation oriented towards a critical discussion of value attribution. Potential participants are invited to consider the question of value in the Anthropocene via the discussion of ‘objects’, broadly defined. These might encompass:
– Commodities or material aspects of the natural and built environment
– Ways in which the environment is rendered legible as discrete objects through diverse kinds of material-discursive practice (economic, scientific, cultural or spiritual)
For instance, attention could be paid to the status of ecosystems within scientific discourse, modes of identifying/contesting ‘waste’ products, or attitudes to minerals among indigenous populations and/or colonizers. 

Contributions to the workshop will form the basis of a public website of visual and textual ‘object lessons’ (Schlereth 1992; Daston 2004) developed with a visual artist and web designer. The end-product is intended to inspire critical reflections on how the environment has been shaped through heterogeneous value-making practices. This pedagogically inclined resource will be an innovative tool for scholars and teachers seeking to discuss the challenges of coming to terms with the Anthropocene in a manner that crosses disciplinary boundaries. The research infrastructure generated by this project will provide a foundation for broader collaborations in the next few years.

If you would like to be considered for one of 15 places for the initial workshop, please submit a single image with a short description (under 150 words) and a set of bullet points detailing questions/controversies/points for discussion in PDF or Word format to

Organisation :
Simone Schleper, Leo Steeds, Dan Finch-Race, Rebeca Ibáñez Martin, Paul Merchant, Iva Peša, and Nicola Thomas

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Anne Simon (2021, 26 août). CfP Grounding Value in the Anthropocene | 15 September 2021. Animots. Consulté le 19 mai 2024, à l’adresse

Anne Simon

Anne Simon est Directrice de recherche au CNRS et Professeure à l'Ecole normale supérieure (Paris). Responsable du Centre international d'étude de la philosophie française–PhilOfr, elle anime les carnets PhilOfr, Animots, Pôle Proust et Prix Recherche au présent.

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