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Organised by John Palmesino & Ann-Sofi Rönnskog (Territorial Agency); Emanuele Coccia (SciencesPo, Paris), Charlie Kronick (Greenpeace), Jan Zalasiewicz (Anthropocene Working Group) and Catherine Russell (University of Leicester)

Session 4: Anthropocene: when are we?

Series: Open Seminar - Plan the Planet
Date: Monday 4 November 2019
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
The formalisation of a new proposed geological epoch, shaped by the intensification of human activity, is a complex scientific venture that reverberates across multiple disciplines, ways of organising life, procedures to structure policies. Its principal element is the compilation and articulation of a body of work and scientific evidence of the material aspects of social activity. The consequences are vast: rearticualting contemporaneity as a deep time, redistributing agency, and reorganising the distinction between nature and culture.

After studying in Italy and Paris, Emanuele Coccia became a senior lecturer at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Doctor of Medieval Philosophy, at the Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy (in 2004), he is also the author of The Life of Plants, A Metaphysics of the Mix (Payot and Shores, 2016) and The Sensitive Life (Rivages, 2011).   

Charlie Kronick is Senior Climate Adviser at Greenpeace UK. He has worked in the fields of environment and development as an activist, campaigner, thinker and writer for more than 20 years. He has focused for most of the last decade on issues related to energy and climate change, and recently on the risks to capital markets from investment in high carbon infrastructure.

Jan Zalasiewicz is Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Leicester and Chair of the Anthropocene Working Group of the International Commission on Stratigraphy. A field geologist, paleontologist, and stratigrapher, he teaches and publishes on geology and earth history, in particular on fossil ecosystems and environments that span over half a billion years of geological time.

Catherine Russell is a teaching fellow in Sedimentology at the School of Geography, Geology and the Environment at the University of Leicester. Her research is in fluvial sedimentology; technical expertise in the development of innovative multi-disciplinary approaches (geology, geomorphology, and remote sensing), for analysis of the heterogeneity and internal architecture of meandering fluvial systems.

Selected readings:
The Anthropocene as a Geological Time Unit: A Guide to the Scientific Evidence and Current Debate by Jan Zalasiewicz, Colin N. Waters, et al.
The Life of Plants, A Metaphysics of the Mix by Emanuele Coccia
The Sensitive Life: A Micro-ontology of the Image by Emanuele Coccia


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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Certificate), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.

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