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Responsibility in a more-than-human anthropogenic world: conceptions, negotiations and anticipations 
Kathrin Eitel (Goethe-University Frankfurt aM)
Laura Otto (Goethe University Frankfurt)
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Wednesday 31 March, 20:00-21:30 (UTC+1)

Short Abstract:

The panel invites anthropological contributions that unveil how responsibilities are negotiated in a world that faces anthropogenic environmental change. We are interested in cases discussing responsibilisation in the making, reflecting on the entanglements of human and more-than-human actors.

Long Abstract

In the Anthropocene, the consequences of contemporary climate change are visible everywhere – in our daily lives, in our environment, on political agendas and in activist engagement. Its omnipresence points to various questions of responsibility. International frameworks, such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and local policies and adaptation programs define responsibility in the context of climate change. Moreover, the focus in academic debates is often on responsibility as a governance tool. Yet how responsibility is practised, enacted, ignored or negotiated on the ground among human and more-than-human actors has not been discussed sufficiently. Accordingly, we are interested in contributions that address this gap. We invite papers that draw critically on the understanding of responsibilisation as a mere tool of (human) governance, and discuss responsibility-making beyond legal frameworks which can be grasped particularly well through ethnographic fieldwork instead. In addition, we welcome contributions which reflect on the notion of responsibility itself: In how far can the concept of responsibility be applied to a world of multispecies and more-than-human actors? As responsibilities are often anticipated by and distributed to specific actors, the question arises how dynamics, fluid entanglements and hybrid constellations can be taken into account.

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