Rubber Boots Methods for the Anthropocene

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This conference presents experience-based reflections on the methods needed to study – empirically and critically – the environmental and climactic crisis sometimes referred to as the Anthropocene. Instead of inviting discussions of the Anthropocene as a philosophical concept or accepting it as the marker for a geological epoch, this conference begins from the premise that the term Anthropocene is a heuristic term for a particular kind of messiness: a patchy and globally heterogeneous landscape of disrupted co-species relations, which may be studied empirically and on the ground. “Rubber boots methods” name the diverse set of methods that researchers associated with AURA have employed to study this patchy landscape of disrupted co-species relations. Rubber boots methods are driven by an empirical curiosity about the social relationships that all beings, whether human or nonhuman, establish with each other. Rubber boots methods are transdisciplinary and collaborative because this empirical curiosity is shared by biologists, anthropologists and other fieldwork-based disciplines. And rubber boots methods are critical, insisting on empirical descriptions that are historically founded and challenge the limits of the real.
Period26 Nov 201827 Nov 2018
Event typeConference
LocationAarhus, DenmarkShow on map


  • Anthropocene, methodology, transdisciplinary, experience-based