S8.1 The Anthropocene at the Museum of Natural History


Dr Nicolas Kramar


The idea of integrating the increasing/growing influence of human activities on the environment in Earth’s history dates back to the 19th century. Yet it was not until the dawn of the 20th century that a real development of this idea became visible in academia through the notion of the Anthropocene. Museums of science and technology, art, history, or anthropology, have produced exhibitions about this topic since 2013. Natural science museums started to address this issue in 2016. Beyond the geological debate, the Anthropocene offers the opportunity to take a step back on any particular environmental problem, as it shed lights on planetary conditions in a comprehensive way. Thus, this session aims, through examples of research or exhibition projects, to discuss the interest for our institutions and our visitors in using this concept.

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