PhD Course: Theories of Nature – Anthropocenic Views (11-13 April)

In the course we will discuss how theoretical understandings of nature have evolved in four research areas: evolution, ecology, geomorphology/soils, and agriculture (as the nexus of the three former). Informed by this, we will also discuss and scrutinize the concept of the Anthropocene and discuss its implications for understandings of nature. The course is organized as a three-day workshop where participants will discuss seminal papers in seminars with senior scholars.

  • Evolutionary theories:  From Darwin to Synthetic biology.
  • Ecological theories: From ”balance of nature” to resilience and ”coupled social ecological systems”.
  • Theories of the geosphere: From Davis’ and Penck’s theories of geomorphology to “Humanity as a geological force”
  • Theoretical challenges of agriculture: From annual monocultures to perennial polycultures.

The following scholars will contribute with lectures and seminar presentations:

Dr. Tim Crews, Research Director, The Land Institute, Salina, KS, USA
Prof. Lance Gunderson, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Emory University, GA, USA
Prof. Per Lundberg, Dept. of Biology, Lund University
Associate Prof. Eva Lövbrand, Dept. of Thematic Studies, Linköping University
Prof. Johannes Persson, Dept. of Philosophy, Lund University
Prof. em. Jonas Åkerman, Dept. of Physical Geography, Lund University
Convener: Lennart Olsson, LUCSUS

More information and programme: click here

Reading list (preliminary): click here

Registration, no later than 31 March (limited places): Charlotta Kjöllerström



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