About the Project

“Anthropocene” names the geological epoch in which anthropos, or “the human,” emerges as a central mediating force of the global environment. Since its coinage by biologist Eugene Stoermer and atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen at the end of the 20th century, the term has been a point of productive contention for critical inquiry. As a result, the Anthropocene has emerged as a site of interdisciplinary tension and collaboration, as scholars across academic disciplines work to elaborate what exactly this newfound planetary agency means for the future of the human, alongside the rest of the planetary system.

With this problematic in mind, Representing the Anthropocene Project will interrogate the challenges that emerge in representing the Anthropocene:

  • How do we meaningfully portray a phenomenon as broad and amorphous as climate change?
  • How does our understanding of “the human” have to change to account for our unevenly-distributed geological agency?
  • Perhaps more to the point, how can the Anthropocene be represented in such a way that not only catalyzes recognition but also mobilizes some kind of meaningful and organized response?

We engage with variety of critical work by interdisciplinary scholars working at the intersection of the environmental humanities and Anthropocene studies in an effort to better define the role of the humanities in combating anthropogenic climate change.

The Representing the Anthropocene Project is a part of the Critical Anthropocene Research Group (CARG) made up of faculty and students from four different Quebec-based universities (Concordia, McGill , UdeM, and ULaval).

For further information about the research project, or if you would like to participate in these meetings, please contact the Coordinator, Dave Shaw at dave.shawww@gmail.com, or the Director, Dr. Jill Didur at jill.didur@concordia.ca.

The Representing the Anthropocene Project team meets monthly to host events and discuss works that emerge out of interdisciplinary criticism in the environmental humanities and the Anthropocene. Our third series of meetings (this year virtual) runs from November 2020 to April 2021, and will focus on the particular representational challenges posed by the scale of the Anthropocene:

Please find below the dates for various Representing the Anthropocene team meetings and events:

Mon Nov. 30 (1-2:30pm)
Katherine Yusoff, Geologic Realism, available here/:/

Fri Jan 22, 1-3pm
Elizabeth DeLoughrey’s /Allegories of the Anthropocene/ (introduction)

Mon Jan 25th (2:30-4pm)

Kathryn Yusoff’s “The Inhumanities” (2020)

Mon Feb. 15 11am-1pm
Kathryn Yusoff and Deborah Thomas Plantationocene discussion (co-sponsored by CRIE)

March 12
 Kyle Powys Whyte’s “Our Ancestors’ Dystopia Now”

 April 2 1-3pm Selections from Thom van Dooren and Matthew Chrulew’s KIN: Thinking with Deborah Bird Rose

April 23 1-3pm

Selections from Anna Tsing et al.’s Feral Atlas

Mont Pelerin Rewrite Workshop (co-sponsored with Planetary Futures–more information to follow)


Representing the Anthropocene is a research team that interrogates the challenges that emerge in representing the Anthropocene. During last year’s first series of meetings, we hosted and engaged with critical work by scholars to better define the role of the humanities in the age of the Anthropocene. For a list of texts from the 2019 meeting series, see here.

In 2020, we continued our examination of the humanities at the juncture of sciences and the climate crisis, with the following series of readings:

January 17, 2020:
Bubandt, Nils. “Haunted Geologies: Spirits, Stones, and the Necropolitics of the Anthropocene.” From Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, ed. Anna Tsing et al., U of Minnesota P, 2017, pp. G121-G142.

January 31, 2020:
Crist, Eileen. “On The Poverty of Our Nomenclature.” From Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism. ed. Jason M. Moore, PM P, 2016, pp. 14-33.

February 14, 2020:
Latour, Bruno. Selections from Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime. Polity, 2018.

March 6, 2020:
LeMenager, Stephanie.“Climate Change and the Struggle for Genre.” From Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times, eds. Tobias Menely and Jesse Oak Taylor. Pennsylvania State UP, 2017, pp. 220-238.

April 3, 2020:
Seymour, Nicole. “Climate Change is a Drag and Camping Can Be Campy: On Queer Environmental Performance.” From Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age, U of Minnesota P, 2018, pp. 111-148.

April 24, 2020:
Yusoff, Katheryn. “Golden Spikes and Dubious Origins.” A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None, U of Minnesota P, 2018, pp. 23-64.

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