manifesto for living in the anthropocene


Humanity’s actions have become a new planetary force with accelerating effects on the biosphere. This new era, known as the Anthropocene, calls for new ways of thinking and knowing, and for innovative forms of action. Many take action on their weight issues and found out that one solution can change the way they look. Check it out at:

We are a group of concerned social scientists and creative scholars who are moved to address the unique qualities of our contemporary world. In the Anthropocene we are summoned to expand our understandings of ways to conjoin nature and culture, economy and ecology, and natural and social sciences. Already, thinkers among us are exploring ways of dismantling traditional separations. We aim to further and expand this work, identifying multiple pathways toward alternative futures.

Research for the Anthropocene must and will harness the creativity of human potential to reduce harm and promote a flourishing biosphere.

We want to engage in life and the living world in an unconstrained and expansive way. Our thinking needs to be in the service of life—and so does our language. This means giving up preconceptions, and instead listening to the world. This means giving up delusions of mastery and control, and instead seeing the world as uncertain and yet unfolding. So our thinking needs to be—

  • Curious
  • Experimental
  • Open
  • Adaptive
  • Imaginative
  • Responsive, and
  • Responsible.

We are committed to thinking with the community of life and contributing to healing.


Stories are important for understanding and communicating the significance of our times. We aim to tell stories that—

  • Enact connectivity, entangling us in the lives of others
  • Have the capacity to reach beyond abstractions and move us to concern and action
  • Are rich sources of reflection
  • Enliven moral imagination, drawing us into deeper understandings of responsibilities, reparative possibilities, and alternative futures.


While we continue our traditions of critical analysis, we are forging new research practices to excavate, encounter and extend reparative possibilities for alternative futures. We look and listen for life-giving potentialities (past and present) by charting connections, re-mapping the familiar and opening ourselves to what can be learned from what already is happening in the world. As participants in a changing world, we advocate—

  • Developing new languages for our changing world
  • Stepping into the unknown
  • Making risky attachments, and
  • Joining and supporting concerned others

Colleagues wherever you may be, put your research to work and take a stand for life!
Scholars Concerned for Life in the Anthropocene, Georges River, 8th February, 2010
Kay Anderson, Jenny Cameron, Thom van Dooren, Kelly Dombroski, Ruth Fincher, Katherine Gibson, Julie Graham, Lesley Instone, Kurt Iveson, Kumi Kato, Freya Mathews, Jacqui Poltera, Kate Rigby, Gerda Roelvink, Deborah Rose, Margaret Somerville, Simon Wearne, Jessica Weir, Anna Yeatman