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Transubstantiation: Human Fire Use and the Time of the Earth

Presented by the Humanities and the Anthropocene Initiative
April 25, 4:00pm


April 25

4:00 PM

GLAS 311

Dr. Nigel Clark | Lancaster University

Presented by the Humanities and the Anthropocene initiative

Professor Clark is widely known as a contributor to thinking the Anthropocene and its implications, particularly in the context of the social sciences. He teaches at Lancaster University in the UK.

The idea of the ‘Anthropocene’ prompts us to see human beings as geological agents, but Nigel Clark wants to ask how our species acquired its geological agency: what physical forces we’ve tapped into and joined up with. He is looking at how humans have used fire to transform ‘earthy materials’ - and in the process, how we’ve shaped our social and physical worlds. This leads on to the question of what kinds of material and social experimentation we should be considering in times of rapid climate change.

This public lecture is part of a series of events. People interested in attending a lunch conversation on Monday, April 22, at 12:00, or in attending a meeting of Prof. Clark with members of the Humanities & the Anthropocene Initiative, for which some papers will be distributed in advance, are urged to contact Alberto Moreiras at

Additional sponsorship provided by the Environment and Sustainability initiative


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