Rivers of the Phase 1 Videoconferences, 29-30 January 2013Anthropocene
About the Rivers of the Anthropocene ProjectRivers of the Anthropocene is an interdisciplinary, comparative research projectexamining international river systems during the age of the Anthropocene. Thefirst phase of the project focuses on the Ohio River and the River Tyne since1750. Approaching rivers and their landscapes not simply as natural phenomenabut as human artifacts, a group of international researchers seeks to provide arich comparative history of the interactions between humans and their riverenvironments. By mapping theecological, geographical, cultural, social, political, and scientific histories ofriver systems, this research project will provide insight on current issues ofrelevance to public policy, environmental conservation, and heritagemanagement. www.rivers.iupui.edu
About the Rivers of the Anthropocene ProjectRivers of the Anthropocene Organizers•Berry, Helen, Professor of History in the School of History, Classics, and Archaeologyat Newcastle University, United Kingdom•Kelly, Jason M., Director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and AssociateProfessor of History at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, USA•Scarpino, Phil, Director of the IUPUI Public History Program and Professor of Historyat Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, USADirector of Undergraduate Research Team at IUPUI•Dwyer, Owen J., Associate Professor of Geography at Indiana University PurdueUniversity Indianapolis, USA www.rivers.iupui.edu
About the Rivers of the Anthropocene ProjectResearch Team•Aldred, Oscar, Research Assistant in Archaeology in the School of History, Classics, andArchaeology at Newcastle University, United Kingdom•Bhaduri, Anik, Director of the Global Water System Project in Bonn, Germany•Carter, Timothy, Director of the Center for Urban Ecology, Butler University, USA•Corsane, Gerard, Senior Lecturer in Heritage, Museum & Gallery Studies in theInternational Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, School of Arts and Cultures andDean for International Business Development & Student Recruitment in the Faculty ofHumanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University, United Kingdom•Deane-Drummond, Celia, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, USA•Edgeworth, Matt, Senior Archaeological Investigator at English Heritage (Cambridge) andUniversity of Leicester Honorary Research Fellow in Archaeology, United Kingdom•Ellis, Erle C., Associate Professor of Geography & Environmental Systems at theLaboratory for Anthropogenic Landscape Ecology at the University of Maryland, BaltimoreCounty, USA www.rivers.iupui.edu
About the Rivers of the Anthropocene ProjectResearch Team•Filippelli, Gabriel, Professor of Earth Sciences and Director of the Center For UrbanHealth at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, USA•Hale, Alex, Archaeological Projects Manager, Clyde River Project, Royal Commission onthe Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, United Kingdom•Kane, Stephanie C., Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at IndianaUniversity, Bloomington, USA•Large, Andy, Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography in the School ofGeography, Politics, and Sociology at Newcastle University, United Kingdom•Lubinski, Kenneth, Fish and Wildlife Biologist at the Upper Midwest EnvironmentalSciences Center, United States Geological Survey, USA•Martin, Pamela, Director of the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at IndianaUniversity Purdue University Indianapolis•Meybeck, Michel, Senior Scientist at the Centre national de la recherchescientifique, Paris, France•Newman, Caron, Research Assistant in Archaeology in the School of History, Classics, andArchaeology at Newcastle University, United Kingdom www.rivers.iupui.edu
About the Rivers of the Anthropocene ProjectResearch Team•Pahl-Wostl, Claudia, Director and Professor of Resources Management at the Institutefor Environmental Systems Research at the University of Osnabrück, Germany and SeniorResearch Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University•Thornton, Nigel, Director of Agulhas Applied Knowledge, United Kingdom•Turner, Sam, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology in the School of History, Classics, andArchaeology at Newcastle University, United Kingdom•Williams, Mark, Senior Lecturer in Palaeobiology in the Department of Geology atLeicester University, United Kingdom•Zalasiewicz, Jan, Reader in Palaeobiology in the Department of Geology at LeicesterUniversity, United Kingdom www.rivers.iupui.edu
About the Rivers of the Anthropocene ProjectCurrent Funding•IUPUI Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI)•IUPUI International Development FundInstitutional Support•IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute www.rivers.iupui.edu
Rivers of the Anthropocene Project:Phase 1 ConferenceOn January 23-25, 2014, we will hold an international andinterdisciplinary three-day workshop / symposium in Indianapolis, IN.During Stage I, research will be focused on river systems in NorthAmerica and Europe, with the Ohio River in the U.S. and the Tyne Riverin the UK as organizational centerpieces. The proximity of IUPUI to theOhio and Newcastle University to the Tyne and the comparativesimilarities made these rivers logical choices as focal points. www.rivers.iupui.edu
Rivers of the Anthropocene Project: Phase 1 ConferenceUsing two historically significant river systems, the Ohio and the Tyne, as casestudies, the “big” questions the conference seeks to answer are primarily of two types —conceptual and methodological: • How do scholars from across the disciplines frame the problems of environmental change differently? In what ways does an international, comparative perspective alter their approach? • How do scholars from across the disciplines create an Earth Systems Science model(s) that accounts for both emergent environmental patterns and the agency of human individuals and societies? • In what ways do human systems have a palpable effect on earth systems, and what is the most useful way for humanists, social scientists, and scientists to address them? • In what ways does an international, interdisciplinary, and collaborative approach to international river systems create new answers and provoke new problems for environmental scholarship? www.rivers.iupui.edu
Rivers of the Anthropocene Project:Phase 1 GoalsDuring Phase 1, the researchers will focus on building a research model thatintegrates the theoretical, methodological, and empirical approaches of disciplinesand specialties from the sciences to the humanities.The group will meet in January 2014 for a 3-day symposium and workshop, thepapers from which will be edited as part of an open access, peer reviewed volume. www.rivers.iupui.edu
Rivers of the Anthropocene Project:Phase 1 TimelineJanuary 2013: Initial videoconferences with participantsFebruary 2013: Establish Working GroupsMay-July 2013: MURI Project (historical data sets and GIS)May 2013: Meeting at GWSP ConferenceJune 2013: Videoconference 1 for Working GroupsOctober 2013: Videoconference 2 for Working GroupsDecember 2013: Pre-circulation of PapersJanuary 2014: Rivers of the Anthropocene Phase 1SymposiumApril 2014: Chapter Drafts Due www.rivers.iupui.edu
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