March – June 2023, Åland Islands & online
The Anthropocene denotes the age in which human activity fundamentally affects the Earth’s geology and ecosystem: The age in which we live in now, where we on a daily basis live over the planet’s material limits. In this situation, traditional solutions are longer be viable. Both the game and the rules are new – and mostly yet unknown. This urges for extensive changes, also within the practice of research.
This course offers an open, inspiring and though-provoking arena to discuss how we, as social scientists, can re-address research questions and approaches to the production of knowledge, in the Anthropocene era. We believe that the creativity of junior scholars is central to the re-envisaging of the practices of the social sciences. In this course, PhD students will therefore, together with faculty members and inspirational keynote speakers, not only discuss the role and scope of their PhD projects, and their future as social science researchers, in relation to the themes in the course. They will also take an active role in the joint forming of the course together with the course faculty.
Who can participate: All PhD students are welcome. You do not need to have “Anthropocene” as your research topic, in your project title, or have extensive knowledge of Anthropocene scholarship. The course aims at situating and relating your PhD-project to such scholarship, regardless of your topic, project or level of knowledge.
When: The course starts March 28–29, 2023 with an introductory workshop IRL (see below). This is followed by 3 online workshops; final workshop will be held May, 31–June 1, 2023 IRL (see below).
Where: Åland and online. The Åland archipelago in the Baltic Sea, a geopolitically potential hotspot but since 1921 an autonomous and demilitarized region (under the sovereignty of the Republic of Finland), with a rich and active local democracy and civil society. The islands are easy reachable both from Finland and Sweden by ferries.
How: Food and accommodation is free of charge for participating PhD students due to funds from the Nordic Academy of Management (NFF). The cost for travels is not included. Places are limited but distributed on a first-come-first-serve-basis.