This project seeks to locate the multitude of experiences in the Anthropocene and situate them in the dominant discourse on the Anthropocene.

C360_2017-02-19-19-55-59-061_resizedScientific evidence supporting the Anthropocene warns of a bleak future for human existence. The Anthropocene marks a new geological epoch of unprecedented and unsustainable human impact on the biosphere. Several solutions from different academic disciplines have been presented to mitigate, or possibly undo, the manmade symptoms of the Anthropocene, such as climate change and environmental degradation. The current discourses on the Anthropocene, however, iterate a monolithic articulation of the causes, consequences, and solutions to the events of the Anthropocene. This monolithic perspective may not be valid to all Earth inhabitants coming from different geographies and with diverse ontologies and epistemes regarding nature. It is, therefore, crucial to examine who do we mean when we refer to “we” or “us” in the age of the Anthropocene.

I am a member of the Planet Politics Institute (PPI), initiated by Anthony Burke and Stefanie Fishel. “PPI is a virtual institute…of scholars, lawyers, activists, and citizens committed to advancing the fight against climate change, challenging environmental racism and injustice, supporting indigenous peoples and environmental defenders, exploring new modes of multispecies ethics, and imagining novel constellations of law, politics and governance that can chart just and sustainable futures for all the Earth’s beings.”

PPI’s first campaign is the Coal Elimination Treaty. Read more about it here.

Related Publications
  1. Simangan, Dahlia. 2020. “Where Is the Asia Pacific in Mainstream International Relations Scholarship on the Anthropocene?” The Pacific Review (online first). doi:10.1080/09512748.2020.1732452.
  2. Simangan, Dahlia. 2020. “Where Is the Anthropocene?: IR in a New Geological Epoch.” International Affairs 96(1): 211-224. doi:10.1093/ia/iiz248.
  3. Simangan, Dahlia. 2019. “Situating the Asia-Pacific in the Age of the Anthropocene.” Australian Journal of International Affairs 73(6): 564-584. doi:10.1080/10357718.2019.1657794.
Other publications
  1. Simangan, Dahlia. “I hope this finds you well” living in the Anthropocene. IA Blog (10 Jun 2020).
Works-in-Progress
  1. Reflexive Peacebuilding: Lessons from the Anthropocene Discourse (invited for presentation at Waseda University’s Workshop and Symposium on Restructuring the Architecture of International Peacebuilding in the Wake of Global Demographic Changes, September 2019; to be included in a proposed special journal issue).
  2. Pursuing Peace in the Age of the Anthropocene (presented at AusPSA in Australia, September 2019 and won the Pete Hay Early Career Researcher Prize for Environmental Politics and Policy; submitted to a journal).