The ARCHAIC is the overarching name of several initiatives such as our interdisciplinary reading group. The ARCHAIC captures the aim to not just study but also change the world, to find new zones of collaboration among the sciences, humans, humus and the many critters on earth without which we would be nothing. The name is of course, also a nod to the archaic, the deep past of the earth that nevertheless is still very much present in many expected and unexpected ways.

The Anthropocene Reading Group is an interdisciplinary reading group. In this group, we study texts from different fields of the discussion on what the Anthropocene is. Each time one of us introduces a text that he/she/they finds fascinating and we have a discussion about its implications. The group consists of scientists, philosophers, teachers, consultants, activists, programme makers, students and scholars from humanities and social sciences like international relations. We invite both researchers and motivated students to join our group. We meet once a month, and thus far we have discussed a wide array of topics, see our archive and blogposts.  Vernadsky’s biosphere, Lovelock’s Gaia theory, politics of soil, cinematic ecocriticism, environmental anxiety, Guattari’s three ecologies, IPCC report, race and posthumanism.

See the agenda to check what we are reading next.
See the blog to read previous reflections on our reading sessions.

We would love to broaden our perspective even further and to work on establishing a thorough interdisciplinary network of people interested in the Anthropocene. Do you want to jump aboard? Collaborate with our group? Or contribute to our ongoing research? Let us know, you can get into touch with us by email