Geopolitics in the Anthropocene

Monday, April 4, 2016
Event Time: 
4:05pm - 5:20pm
Event Type: 
Simon Dalby, CIGI Chair in the political economy of climate change at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

Simon Dalby's talk, "Geopolitics in the Anthropocene", will be followed by a moderated panel on geopolitics and the environment in general with panelists:

Diana Liverman, Co-director, Institute of the Environment and Regents Professor, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona; and

Franck Poupeau,  Co-Director of the UMI iGLOBES CNRS/UA, and Senior Researcher, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, France.

The theme of the Anthropocene raises fundamental questions for how political geography is now to be understood. Geopolitics can now no longer take the context of the human drama for granted; transformations are afoot that are of humanity's own making. Nature is increasingly being produced at the largest of scales and both political thinking and geographical scholarship have to come to terms with this new condition. Globalization is, it turns out, a profoundly physical process, not just a matter of trade and cultural change networked by communication technologies. In these terms the global economy is the new geomorphic force at work in the biosphere. The Anthropocene thus provides a formulation for rethinking many of these things and is, as such, a profoundly useful category.

Simon Dalby is chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change and Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. An expert in geopolitics, climate change and environmental security his published research deals with climate change, political ecology, geopolitics, global security, environmental change, militarization and the spatial dimensions of governance. He is co-editor of Rethinking Geopolitics (Routledge 1998), The Geopolitics Reader(Routledge 1998, 2006), and author of Creating the Second Cold War (Pinter and Guilford, 1990), Environmental Security (University of Minnesota Press, 2002) and Security and Environmental Change (Polity, 2009). He holds geography degrees from Trinity College Dublin, the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University.

Professor Dalby’s visit is in association with his invitation to speak at the World Society Foundation conference, The Return of Geopolitics. His UA public talk is supported through a grant to the Climate Justice Initiative from the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice, which supports university and community partnerships to find socially just solutions to environmental challenges. The Institute of the Enviornment, the School of Geography and Development and the School of Sociology also invite you to the lecture.