The 131st-1 RIHN seminar

You are warmly invited to the upcoming RIHN Seminar:

Date: June 2nd, 2016 (Thursday) 13:30 - 15:00
Place: Seminar Room 3 & 4, RIHN( → Access)
Lecturer: Eduardo Brondizio
(Professor, Department of Anthropology, Director, Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes (CASEL), Faculty Associate, The Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy, Analysis Indiana University Bloomington)
Doing field research for over 27 years in the Amazon, during a period of accelerated large-scale changes, has required me to continuously consider the strengthens and limitations of conceptual frameworks and methodologies to examine regional problems and change. In this lecture series, I will reflect on the challenge of integrating disciplinary perspectives, scales, and knowledge systems to understand the transformation of the Amazon, and in turn reflect, more broadly, on the evolution of human-environment interaction and global change research. In three parts, I will present the history of human-environment interaction research and thinking, the challenges of linking field/local and regional level analysis, and, recent efforts to bring together frameworks to analyze complex social-ecological systems.
Title: A Cultural Ecology of the Anthropocene: An anthropological perspective to the history of Human-Environment Interaction research
Abstract This presentation provides an overview of the evolution of research and thinking about human-environment interaction, from the early days of Cultural Ecology in the 1950s to today’s Social-Ecological Systems frameworks. I will explore some of the parallels between the analytical challenges we face today to that of scholars studying human-environment interaction at the onset of the so-called ‘great global acceleration’ following WWII. Taking an [western] anthropological perspective, I will examine the evolution of materialist, political, cognitive and symbolic thinking, and the elusive challenges of theoretical synthesis, then and now, to the holistic understanding of human-environment interaction.
Contact: FUKUSHIMA Atsuko E-mail