Dahlia Simangan, an Assistant Professor but will be promoted to Associate Professor by April 1, 2021 at Hiroshima University, is the keynote speaker of the #PHISO2021 Free Virtual International Conference on Global Anthropocene. Some of her publications relevant to IR in the Anthropocene include:
Disrupting the Universality of the Anthropocene
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.
About the Keynote Speaker:
Dahlia Simangan is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hiroshima University where she teaches Global Governance and Peacebuilding Cases. She is also one of the core members of Hiroshima University’s Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS). She is a former JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the United Nations University in Tokyo and holds a PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University, an MA in International Relations from the International University of Japan, and a BA in Sociology from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
Dahlia’s research interests include post-conflict peacebuilding, the peace-sustainability nexus, and international relations in the Anthropocene. She is the author of International Peacebuilding and Local Involvement: A Liberal Renaissance (Routledge, 2019) and has published in International Affairs, Third World Quarterly, Ambio, and The Anthropocene Review, among other journals. Her research has been recognized by the International Studies Association-Women’s Caucus, Australian Political Studies Association-Environmental Politics and Policy Standing Research Group, and the Academic Council on the United Nations System. She currently serves as the Assistant Editor of the Peacebuilding journal and a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Peacebuilding Association of Japan. Dahlia is the co-founder of Peace Perspectives, a Nepal-based research and outreach organization, and creator of the Scholars Unbound podcast/video series.