P004
Environmental crisis, humans and all others

Convenors:
Humberto Martins (CRIA-UM)
Paulo Mendes (CRIA-IUL / UTAD)
Amélia Frazão-Moreira (CRIA-NOVA FCSH)
Location:
A123
Start time:
24 June, 2015 at 10:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel invites papers that reflect on environmental issues, considering different subjects, interlocutors, scales and ways of approaching them. It is the biosphere as a radical anthropological terrain that is under scrutiny.

Long abstract:

This panel invites papers that reflect on environmental issues, considering different subjects, interlocutors, scales and ways of approaching them. It is the biosphere as a radical anthropological terrain that is under scrutiny and three main questions emerge as conducting lines for our discussion - when dealing with the environment in the Anthropocene: (i) what is meant to be of anthropological interest? What are the limits of anthropological knowledge? How do human and non-human, biotic and abiotic interlocutors act as agents in a global ecosystem? Contemporary Anthropology assumes that humans are intertwined with many other 'Others' in an ongoing changing and unstable ecosystem; these othernesses are multiple and not anymore only human but based on different scales of intersubjectivity - even forest think, even wolves are persons. Obviously humans still are the best doorway to understand all these phenomena and to keep then in an anthropological framework, especially under an ethnographic approach. Therefore our call is for contributions on researches and reflections on the various ways humans and non-humans are contributing and/or responding to a changing environment either at a local, a more intermediary or global level.