On March 10, we will be hosting a public symposium by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany titled: Anthropocene. Archaeology of the Present.
“The site of the ancient city of Cahokia is a place where different time regimes of settlement, cultivation, ecological transformations and cultural meanings meet. At this public symposium, archaeologists, artists, and community activists present and discuss the nexus between ancient and current modalities of dwelling that are present in Cahokia and the contextual relationships between humans and their environments in the American Heartland – including on the migrations of species, diets, and land-use changes – and link these to both the current zonings of industrial and social fragmentation and their legacies for the future.”
The symposium takes place within the framework of the project Mississippi. An Anthropocene River https://www.anthropocene-curriculum.org/pages/root/related-projects/mississippi-an-anthropocene-river/ by Haus der Kulturen der Welt https://www.hkw.de/en/index.php (HKW), Berlin, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science https://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/ , Berlin. It is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office as part of the initiative #WunderbarTogether https://wunderbartogether.org/ as well as by the Max Planck Society https://www.mpg.de/en .
Public presentations will begin at 11 am through 1 pm.
11 am “Welcome and brief introduction to the project Mississippi: An Anthropocene River” by Maria Rilke, Bernd Scherer, Jurgen Renn.
11:15 am “Rethinking Early Agriculture: Setting the stage for the Anthropocene” by Robert Spengler.
“Horses, Donkeys, and the Anthropocene in the Indigenous Mississippi World” by William Taylor.
“Understanding the North American Lost Crops” by Natalie Mueller.
“Eating the Anthropocene” by Lynn Peemoellerr.
“Monsanto Town” by Matthew Fluharty, Jennifer Colten.
“Significant and Insignificant Mounds” by Jennifer Colten, Jesse Vogler.
12:30 pm Open discussion with all speakers and the public led by Jurgen Renn.
This is a free event, no RSVP is required. It will take place in the auditorium and seating will be limited.