Humanistic Scholarship and the Anthropocene: Approaching China from a Sustainability Paradigm

International Workshop, May 15–17, 2015


Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies – Chinese Studies and URPP Asia and Europe


Different locations (please refer to the conference flyer)


The rising economic power of Asian states increasingly shapes the planetary ecological condition. In this era of man-induced environmental change - the Anthropocene - state officials, scientists, as well as concerned citizens worry about related issues such as climate change, industrial pollution or unsustainable urban development. What is the role of the humanities in this field of contestation?

This workshop brings together international experts from various academic disciplines in order to engage in an interdisciplinary discussion of the ethical, social and cultural implications of environmental change. It will especially focus on the dynamics of new policy paradigms, such as China’s environmental modernization and Asian green activism.