Being Human in the Age of Humans is a funded project studying the impact of the Anthropocene on human life. The Anthropocene, a term for a geological epoch characterized by unprecedented human transformation of the planet, originated in earth systems science and has since captured the imagination of many humanists. Discourse on the Anthropocene, which probes the meaning of humanity’s role and agency within deep time and planetary evolution, raises religious and ethical questions about how to understand humanity’s place within planetary evolution and how to envision the future trajectory of human societies. The Anthropocene strongly resonates with mythic and religious genres – declensionist or ascendant storylines, tales of hubris, forbidden knowledge, theodicy, and eschatology. These religious, philosophical, and ethical issues make the Anthropocene ripe for analysis by scholars of religion and theologians. Yet scholarship on the Anthropocene remains underdeveloped in these disciplines.
Following the broader aims of the Being Human in the Age of Humans grant project, the primary aims of the online syllabus database hosted by the Craft of Teaching Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School will be to foster coursework about the Anthropocene, humanity’s place in planetary evolution, and other issues that intersect climate change and theology, philosophy, or religion.
Please consider sharing your syllabus with the Being Human in the Age of Humans Syllabus Project. We are now accepting all graduate and undergraduate syllabi for courses pertaining to climate change, the Anthropocene, and the humanities. We are also accepting syllabi that include units facilitating discussion on religion, theology, or ethics and the Anthropocene.
For more information visit: https://divinity.uchicago.edu/teaching-resources
Please submit syllabi and questions to CarolineAnglim@uchicago.edu.
The principal investigators are supported by the Humanities Without Walls Consortium, based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Humanities Without Walls Consortium is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.