The AAS is pleased to invite applications to participate its workshop, Asia and the Anthropocene, which will take place August 23-27, 2018 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Note that early career scholars (including doctoral students) and scholars based in Asia are especially encouraged to apply, and that all participants’ travel, room, and board will be covered. The deadline to apply is October 2. Here’s an excerpt from the CFP, available in full at http://www.asian-studies.org/anthropocene:
The purpose of this gathering is to explore the emerging concept of the Anthropocene through shared readings and collective conversations about how scholars of Asia might best respond to the scientific proposal of a new geological epoch. The selection committee seeks bold ideas and broadly framed research papers that grapple with the challenges posed by this new understanding of planetary conditions. Participants will present short papers (20-30 pages, double spaced, including notes) designed to further this new field of study, leaving ample time for discussion. We will also read and discuss certain key texts that are relevant to this emerging field. The workshop will include a field trip to a location to be determined.
The goal of this workshop is to explore a range of ways in which scholars in non-science fields might draw on their regional expertise to engage with the dramatic paradigm shift that sees human beings as a planet-changing species.