Much of the discussion on the Anthropocene has centred upon anthropogenic global warming and climate change and the urgency of political and social responses to this problem. However, assessing the effects of human activity on the planet requires more than just the quantification of ecological impacts. It requires recognising and evaluating a wide range of territories and terrains, full of non-human agents and interests and meanings, exposed to the profound forces of change that give their name to the Anthropocene. It is from the perspective of ‘the animal question’ – asking how best to think and live with animals – that the seminar Animals in the Anthropocene will discuss our ‘new’ relationships with the animals around us.
Presentation Marie-Jose Enders