“Being Human in the Anthropocene”

Perhaps the title should really be a question: What does it mean to be human in an era that some insist is a contrivance, one that doesn’t correspond to any sense of geological time?  Yet we’ve been told that the postmodern world is one in which time and space are compressed, while others argue that humanism ignores the relationship of Homo sapiens with other species.  Framing the issues from the inherently holistic and transdisciplinary perspective of anthropology, the intent is to provoke our reflection on human being in a time of human-induced climate changes.  We might not get there, but some might even raise another question about the shape of alternative lifeways and human imagination: How do we deal with social problems in a posthuman world? 

Prof. Matt Samson (Anthropology and Latin American Studies)