Being Human in the Age of Humans

Dates: Jan 01, 2017 – Dec 21, 2018
Prinicipal Investigators: Lisa H. Sideris with Celia Deane-Drummond, Sarah Fredericks, and Kyle Powys Whyte
Support: Humanities Without Walls Consortium

Being Human in the Age of Humans

Project Aim

  • To foster ongoing research about the Anthropocene
  • To understand humanity's place in planetary evolution and to explore questions of theological, philosophical, and religious importance
  • To build a cohort of scholars in theology, philosophy, and religious studies who will continue to probe disciplinary questions about the Anthropocene

Project Activities

  • Graduate Student Fellowships
  • University of Chicago Workshop
  • Michigan State University Workshop
  • IU-Bloomington Conference

Project Summary

The project, led by Lisa Sideris at IU-Bloomington in collaboration with Celia Deane-Drummond (Notre Dame), Sarah Fredericks (University of Chicago), and Kyle Powys White (Michigan State), explores the religious features of discourse on the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene – a term originating in earth systems science and designating a geological epoch characterized by unprecedented human transformation of the planet – has since captured the imagination of many humanists. Discourse on the Anthropocene 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. 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. The project strengthens capacity for such analysis through a series of collaborative workshops and conferences. 

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