To celebrate the opening of the new academic year, the social and cultural anthropology programme of the Leuven Faculty of Social Sciences has invited Professor Henrietta Moore to deliver the 2017 inaugural anthropology lecture.
As a modernist project, anthropology’s roots lie in very specific practices of change: in engagements with colonial policies, development projects, changing economies and cosmologies, policy initiatives and so on. But how well is anthropology as a discipline equipped to cope with emergent issues currently affecting human societies? Anthropologists have a long interest in questions of sustainability and resilience, but what contribution can the discipline make to envisioning sustainable human futures, and to the changing nature of human agency, cognition, and embodiment those futures might imply? This lecture will discuss these questions in relation to the kinds of solutions being proposed by international institutions, societies and communities to the major challenges of planetary sustainability and economic and social precariousness. It will explore anthropology’s role in envisioning futures and developing approaches to the creation of new social, economic and political institutions needed for sustainable global prosperity.
The independent review on The Economics of Biodiversity led by Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta has now been delivered to the government. The report underlines our failure to grasp that our economies are “embedded within Nature, and not external to it.” We rely on nature to “provide us with food, water and shelter; regulate our climate and disease; maintain nutrient cycles and oxygen production; and provide us with spiritual fulfilment and opportunities for recreation and recuperation which can enhance our health and well-being.”Read More
On 4 August 2020, a massive explosion at Beirut’s port killed at least 200 people and caused up to $15bn in damage to buildings and infrastructure – including the destruction of the public electricity company building. It was the latest blow for a country battling a 30-year energy crisis and facing chronic shortages as a result of an ageing infrastructure based around fossil fuels.Read More
In 1945, the UK’s welfare state was set up to address the want, need and misery caused by unemployment. Seventy-five years later, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, we had almost full employment in the UK – and yet we still have massive levels of poverty and precarity experienced by people in work.Read More