“How centralising processes consciously dislocate humans from local ecosystems and specific and sustainable practices, while creating powerful and enduring narratives about civilisation, barbarism, imperialism and the use of resources.”
Last week, the Global Systems Institute at the University started a weekly series of webinars:
Today’s was a stimulating inter-disciplinary meeting, with plenty of audience participation – soon to be available here:
There were two talks, one by Professor Peter Hopkinson, Professor in Circular Economy and Co-Director Exeter Centre for the Circular Economy, University of Exeter on “Round and round – can the economy be more like biology?”
The other talk was by Professor Amanda Power, Sullivan Clarendon Associate Professor in History, St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, where she asked: “What can society learn from the past?”
She is interested in how these centralising processes consciously dislocated humans from local ecosystems and specific and sustainable practices, while creating powerful and enduring narratives about civilisation, barbarism, imperialism and the use of resources. A related, partly collaborative, series of projects ask about the purposes and the future of the historical discipline, and of Humanities and Social Sciences more generally, in the politically, economically and ecologically unstable period that we are now entering. This includes the new ‘Climate Crisis Thinking in the Humanities and Social Sciences’ network.