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Refiguring Conservation in/for 'the Anthropocene': The Global Lives of the Orangutan

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙407˙675 €
 EC max contribution 1˙407˙675 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-01-01   to  2022-12-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON UK (UXBRIDGE) coordinator 1˙407˙675.00


 Project objective

In recent years, conservationists have engaged in heated debates about whether and how conservation should respond to the challenges posed by ‘the Anthropocene’—a term increasingly used to encapsulate the overwhelming, transformative impact of human activity on the Earth system. How are these debates—and the wider ‘Anthropocenic’ awareness they embody—reshaping conservation philosophy, strategy and practice? How are they manifested in and across diverse contexts? How, conversely, are global conservation developments and ‘Anthropocenic’ phenomena apprehended and reshaped on the ground? This project explores such urgent questions through an unprecedented study of the global nexus of orangutan conservation at a unique historical juncture marked by flux and uncertainty. Combining in-depth ethnography and multiply-scaled cross-cultural comparison, it approaches orangutan conservation as a sprawling, uneven terrain across which the rapidly-evolving relationship between conservation and ‘the Anthropocene’ is being played out. Its objectives are 1) to examine if and how contemporary conservation is being ‘scaled up’ and re(con)figured in and for ‘the Anthropocene’; and 2) to cut ‘the Anthropocene’ down to size by exploring how it is experienced, conceptualized, contested or indeed refused across multiple conservation settings. Comprising four interlinked studies to be carried out simultaneously at the main nodes of orangutan conservation, this project seeks to pioneer a new synchronic, multi-sited approach to the analysis of global conservation and lay the groundwork for an empirically-driven, theoretically ambitious new field of scholarship on conservation in/for ‘the Anthropocene’—one that will revitalize social scientific understandings of conservation while adding much-needed empirical depth and nuance to emerging cross-disciplinary discussions about ‘the Anthropocene’.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Liana Chua, Mark E. Harrison, Hannah Fair, Sol Milne, Alexandra Palmer, June Rubis, Paul Thung, Serge Wich, Bram Büscher, Susan M. Cheyne, Rajindra K. Puri, Viola Schreer, Anna Stępień, Erik Meijaard
Conservation and the social sciences: Beyond critique and co‐optation. A case study from orangutan conservation
published pages: , ISSN: 2575-8314, DOI: 10.1002/pan3.10072
People and Nature 2020 2020-02-05
2019 Liana Chua, Hannah Fair
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Anthropology, 8 Jan 2019. 2020-01-16
2018 Liana Chua
Iceland ad: Conservation is intensely political, let\'s not pretend otherwise
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The Conversation 14th November 2018 2020-01-16

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