Framing the more-than-real in the Anthropocene: Digital sustainability and changing geographies

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Framing the more-than-real in the Anthropocene: Digital sustainability and changing geographies

Theatre 2, Basement Level
207-221 Bouverie Street, Carlton
207-221 Bouverie Street, Carlton

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jmcook@unimelb.edu.au

The shimmering facades of the digital and the Anthropocene are intertwined in increasingly compelling ways. This seminar frames digital geographies in relation to how the Anthropocene is critiqued, as well as how the digital is crucial in making the Anthropocene. Weird solidarities are emerging as scientists, activists, artists and engaged citizens work to produce sometimes surprising affiliations in digital Anthropocenes. Meanwhile, ethical decision-making about digital technologies with respect to sustainability is often left up to individuals or corporations to regulate and manage. The contradictions of the more-than-real, a term used to unpack the generative and destructive possibilities of digital spaces, are clear in the ways that digital Anthropocene/s are forming. Using early findings from a case study of digital technologies at the University of Sydney as an example of an urban institution engaging with planetary scale dilemmas, I consider the broader implications of digital geographies in the Anthropocene/s. The more-than-real is not a fixed, static space but full of possibilities and heterogeneities.

Presenter

  • Dr Jessica McLean
    Dr Jessica McLean, Lecturer, Dept of Geography & Planning