Thursday, December 16, 2 PM UCT
"Mutualism and Parasitism:
Cities and Environments in the Anthropocene"
A Conversation between Historians, Geologists,
and Climate Scientists
INAUGURAL EVENT in GUHP's "Dream Conversation" on Cities and the Anthropocene
Mark Williams and Jan Zalasiewicz, Professors, Department of Geology, Leicester University and
Julia Adeney Thomas, Associate Professor of History, Notre Dame University
Co-Chairs: Carl Nightingale, Coordinator, the Global Urban History Project; Toby Lincoln, Centre for Urban History, Leicester University
NOTE: This is a Readers meet Authors event. Registrants will receive two items to read in advance:
"Strengthening and Implementing the Global Response," Chapter 4 of the IPCC Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5º C
"Mutualistic Cities of the Near Future," by Mark Williams, Gavin Brown, Minal Pathak, Moya Burns, Will Steffen, John Clarkson, Jan Zalasiewicz, Julia Adeney Thomas, Chapter 12 of Julia Adenay Thomas, ed., Altered Earth: Getting the Anthropocene Right (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2022)
In addition, especially for those interested in continuing the Dream Conversation we strongly recommend purchasing:
We decided to begin our conversation with two forward-looking texts by scientists working on cities in the Anthropocene. Naturally the future is a tricky subject for specialists of the urban past. Our goal is to explore how global urban historians and environmental urban historians can deepen or contextualize themes in these texts and how our research might take further inspiration from efforts to confront the many perils we face as residents of a heavily urbanized planet as it enters/entered the Anthropocene Epoch.
To participate: sign up here.
Registrants will receive readings and a zoom link for the event from GUHP.