The call for papers and panels is now open for Anthropocene Politics: International Relations after the end of the World, Section 03 at the European International Studies Assocaition (EISA) Pan-European Conference, Prague, September 2018
Section Chairs: Delf Rothe, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) and David Chandler, University of Westminster
Anthropocene Politics: International Relations after the end of the World
The Anthropocene—the new geological epoch of humanity’s own making—promises to be a major challenge to scholars of IR. The Anthropocene is much more than a discussion of how to deal with climate change. As Timothy Morton prominently argued, the advent of the Anthropocene marks ‘the end of the world’—not (only) physically, as ecological catastrophe at planetary scale, but in a philosophical sense. The Anthropocene collapses the foundations of modernity: subject-centred rationalism and anthropocentric norms, discourses and regulations. The speed and energy of planetary changes overwhelm existing political institutions, from national parliaments to UN organisations.
For some, the discovery of Anthropocene leaves little hope for future international relations. They paint a bleak scenario, in which Anthropocene politics resembles a mere management of the post-apocalyptic present: the governance of polluted oceans, flooded cities, and deserted landscapes. In this new world, survival is all we can hope for. Others, however, paint a more optimistic picture. For them, the collapse of the modernist universe represents a unique possibility: to decolonize international relations, to become attuned to the needs of nonhumans, to (re)discover non-Western indigenous cosmologies, to renegotiate political ideas including security, participation or well-being, and to establish new forms of (cosmo)political cooperation.
This section is devoted to this wide range of discussions which seek to interrogate the claims made for (and against) the Anthropocene. For this, it invites contributions from a wide range of perspectives, including constructivism, post-structuralism, new materialism, post- and decolonialism, feminism, IPE, environmentalism, (critical) realism, and rationalism.
The conference will take place in Prague from 12-15 September 2018. All information about the conference can be found here – http://www.eisapec18.org
You can submit your panel, roundtable and paper proposals through the online platform here https://www.czech-in.org/cmportalV15/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2FcmportalV15%2Fportal%2FPEC18%2Fnormal
Submission guidelines are available here – http://www.eisapec18.org/abstract-submission-guidelines.htm
Questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to David (D.Chandler@westminster.ac.uk) and Delf (email@example.com).
We look forward to receiving your proposals and to seeing you in Prague!
Best wishes and festive greetings,
David and Delf