2024 News from the MPI of Geoanthropology

<span><span><span><span><span>New Book "Atlas of Petromodernity" by Benjamin Steininger and Alexander Klose</span></span></span></span></span>

Petroleum is one of the most prominent driving substances for the modern era, the Anthropocene, and therefore an important subject for Geoanthropology. It connects the deep natural history of the planet with all layers of modern human life and affects all types of politicial, societal, and ecological futures. It is both a global and intensely local commodity that can tell stories of empowerment as well as of destruction. In the forty-four chapters of their Atlas of Petromodernity, Benjamin Steininger and Alexander Klose present insight into sciences, technologies, geographies, politics, cultures, and subjectivities connected by a substance that, in all its complexities, contradictions, and ambivalences still needs more understanding to be left behind. more

<span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Modeling the Anthropocene: New graduate school at the Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span>

The Max Planck Society is funding a new graduate school – the International Max Planck Research School for Modeling the Anthropocene (IMPRS-ModA) – at the Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology with almost 2.7 million euros for 6 years starting in July 2024. more

<span><span><span><span><span>One Earth Article Highlights Indigenous Fire Management Amidst Escalating Wildfire Risks</span></span></span></span></span>

One Earth recently published a pivotal article exploring the role of Indigenous fire management practices in combating escalating global wildfire threats exacerbated by climate change and human activities. more

<span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Anthropocene Conference at the Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology </span></span></span></span></span></span></span>

The ‘Crossing Boundaries in Science – The Anthropocene’ conference will gather scholars from diverse disciplines to examine the challenges and opportunities of the Anthropocene. more

<span><span><span>A Network for Researching the Anthropocene</span></span></span>

Interview with Jürgen Renn discussing the institute's concept, the phenomenon of the "Great Acceleration," and the significance of the MPI's location in Jena. more

Patrick Roberts Awarded 29th Annual Thuringian Research Prize for Top Performance in Basic Research

On June 18, 2024, Dr. Patrick Roberts from the Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology in Jena was awarded the Thuringian Research Prize for Top Performance in Basic Research by the Thuringian Ministry of Economy, Science and the Digital Society. more

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