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Anthropocene, a geological period describing the veritable impact of human activities in the planet’s ecosystem, has become a primary concern among the members of the academic community. Anthropocene does not only involve the individual or the communal, but it transcends beyond the complex relations of both the living and the non-living, thus, forming a new reality (Harrington 2016, p. 4). The study of Anthropocene is no stranger to IR since its scholars examine “how humanity deals with the challenges of sharing a singular and finite space” (Olaf as mentioned in Simangan, 2020). A case in point is the COVID-19 pandemic; it has exposed humans’ excessive use of earth resources beyond its limits affecting the normal ecological flow and life in the international system. However, mainstream IR scholarship—realism for example—reiterated that human excessive use of the planet’s resources serves an important mechanism as a response to pandemic and to maintain a global order. The closing of state border, imposition of hardline immigration policies, polity’s mistrust on world bodies, etc., are some of the realist points. In contrast, liberals emphasized the role of cooperation among states amidst crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, the pandemic’s multiple facets were subjected to numerous scientific and socio-political contestations among IR actors, and such disputes relegated the pandemic as a merely dependent variable. Evaluation of the Anthropocene approach is highly needed. Going beyond the humanist approach, Anthropocene is seeking “for newer approaches of thinking about humanity’s connection to nature” (Lovbrand et al, 2020; Hamilton, 2017; Scanton 2015) by tethering the fates of both humanity and the planet (Lovbrand et al, 2020; Biermann and Lovbrand, 2019; Hamilton et al., 2015; Steffen et al., 2011). To meet the demands of the Anthropocene, it needs a deconstruction and reconstruction of conventional frameworks (Simangan, 2020).

The #PHISO2021 Free Virtual International Conference on Global Anthropocene—to be held on November 6-7, 2021—is an attempt to bring scholars, practitioners, and students in the discussion of opportunities and challenges regarding the Anthropocene approach to IR (or human-nonhuman relations). We, therefore, encourage paper presentations, panels, and roundtables that are hinged on, but not limited to, the discussions on Anthropocene in IR or IR in the Anthropocene:

  1. Adopting the questions raised by Lovbrand et al, who speaks for the future of the earth? And whose Anthropocene?
  2. How can we reconcile the unsustainable production from the insurmountable consumption while we preserve life?
  3. How do global structures impact global, regional, and local levels in influencing sustainable initiatives and development?
  4. How do governance processes, institutions, and decision-making infrastructure address the fundamental 21st challenges of global environmental change?
  5. How do we bolster the understanding of indigenous or decolonial agency, human-nature entanglements, and differentiated vulnerabilities in relation to the Anthropocene and IR?
  6. How do we locate Anthropocene in the Western-based of and modernist approach to IR?
  7. How do we situate the position of ideas and belief systems present among civilizations, including the role of humanity, in the Anthropocene?
  8. How has the discourse on mobility relates to Anthropocene and the political in IR?
  9. How security studies treat the Anthropocene epoch phenomenon?
  10. How should IR engage with other disciplines to meet the demands of the Anthropocene?
  11. What alternative models are available in response to maintaining growth and abundance of earth’s nature?
  12. What approaches, actions and responses are deemed fit in challenging the dramatic shift of the planet’s biosphere?
  13. What pedagogies are best suited in the study of Anthropocene in IR?
  14. With the absence of Anthropocene in the discussion of IR, how do we position the human-nonhuman relations in the discipline?

Dahlia Simangan is the keynote speaker of the #PHISO2021 Free Virtual International Conference on Global Anthropocene. Her keynote speech is entitled “Disrupting the Universality of the Anthropocene.”

Abstract: “The universalizing tendency of the Anthropocene as a concept overshadows the injustices and inequalities in human history. Those most responsible for the causes of the Anthropocene are less likely to bear the brunt of its consequences, while those who are least responsible are generally the most vulnerable. Unsustainable practices, and even responses to environmental challenges in the Anthropocene, may also amplify present injustices and inequalities between and within societies. The challenge for IR scholars, practitioners, and students is to disrupt these Western-centric, hubristic, and exclusionary tendencies and situate the myriad histories, vulnerabilities, and agencies in this new geological epoch. This keynote speech offers an overview and some considerations for pluralizing IR discipline’s engagement with the Anthropocene discourse.”

Subthemes: Artificial Intelligence • Environment • Global environmental politics and movements • Green theory • Migration • Natural and human-made disasters • Non-Traditional security • Non-West/Global South • Pandemic • Pedagogies of the Anthropocene • Transnational Actors • Indigenous knowledge on environment • Global South perspective on environment & sustainability • Global Sustainability Policies • Climate and refugee politics • Green Feminism • Environmental regime • Religion and ecological crisis • Climate emergency

All proposals are due on June 30, 2021. Please submit your proposal in this section:
● Paper: It includes a title, 250-word abstract, 3-5 keywords, and author’s details. Click here to submit your paper proposal.
● Panel: It includes a title, 250-word description, convenor’s details, and a minimum of 3 to no more than 5 paper abstracts with their corresponding titles, 250-word abstract each, and authors’ details. The convenor may also be one of the paper presenters. PHISO invokes the prerogative to include individual paper proposals in panel proposals whenever thematically and pragmatically necessary. Click here to submit your panel proposal.
● Roundtable: It includes a title, 250-word description, convenor’s details, as well as those of a minimum of 4 to no more than 8 participants. The convenor may also be one of the participants. Click here to submit your roundtable proposal.

June 30, 2021 – deadline of submission of proposed papers’ abstracts, panels, and roundtables
July 15, 2021 – notification of results
September 17, 2021 – deadline of submission of full papers


  • Biermann, F., & Lövbrand, E. (Eds.). (2019). Anthropocene encounters: New directions in green political thinking. Cambridge University Press.
  • Corry, O., & Stevenson, H. (2018). IR and the earth: Societal multiplicity and planetary singularity. Traditions and trends in global environmental politics: International relations and the earth, 1-25.
  • Hamilton, C. (2017). Defiant earth: The fate of humans in the Anthropocene. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Hamilton, C., Bonneuil, C., & Gemenne, F. (2015). Thinking the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene and the global environmental crisis: Rethinking modernity in a new epoch, 1-13.
  • Harrington, C. (2016). The ends of the world: International relations and the Anthropocene. Millennium44(3), 478-498.
  • Lövbrand, E., Mobjörk, M., & Söder, R. (2020). The Anthropocene and the geo-political imagination: Re-writing Earth as political space. Earth System Governance4, 100051.
  • Scranton, R. (2015). Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization. City Lights Publishers.
  • Simangan, D. (2020). Where is the Anthropocene? IR in a new geological epoch. International Affairs96(1), 211-224.
  • Steffen, W., Persson, Å., Deutsch, L., Zalasiewicz, J., Williams, M., Richardson, K., … & Svedin, U. (2011). The Anthropocene: From global change to planetary stewardship. Ambio40(7), 739-761.


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  3. i am interested to attend snd possibly present a paper. Just got hold of this announcenent through a friend.


  4. I already submitted my proposal, but I never get reply email. I also send messages to email organizer, but didn’t get feedback. How do I know I really submitted my proposal?


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