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The Anthropocene: An Alternative History

Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 4, 2017. 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Archaeology Center; Building 500, Room 106
Workshop: 
Archaeological Histories and Futures
Meeting Description: 

Brief speaker(s) bio
 Kathleen D. Morrison is the Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Chair in Anthropology and Curator for South Asia at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Her research focuses on the historical ecology of Southern Asia, work that integrates paleoenvironmental analysis, archaeology, and the analysis of texts and architecture. Current projects include LandCover6k and Biodiversity as a Social Process. She is author of Fields of Victory: Vijayanagara and the Course of Intensification; Daroji Valley: Landscape, Place, and the Making of a Dryland Reservoir System, co-author of The Vijayanagara Metropolitan Survey, and co-editor of The Social Lives of Forests: Past, Present, and Future of Woodland Resurgence; Forager-Traders in South and Southeast Asia; and Empires: Perspectives from Archaeology and History. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992.

Meeting description
 Beyond debates about the concept of the Anthropocene is a larger question of how, exactly, we might come to better understand long-term rela7onships between human action and environmental change. In this talk I consider the power of entrenched environmental narratives and outline efforts to evaluate them, first on a more local scale, using archaeological, historical, and paleoenvironmental data from southern India. Upscaling such local studies requires new strategies; I close by discussing the work of the interna7onal scientific working group LandCover6k, which is aggregating, commensurating, and analyzing land use and land cover data from history, archaeology, and paleoecology in order to both improve climate models and facilitate rethinking of our intellectual frameworks for understanding the impacts of our species on the earth.

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