AnthroTox: Antropology of Toxicity
Human-made toxic threats have become important to social anthropology. At Department of Social Anthropology, we come to toxicity from various perspectives.
Waste from coal mining in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard. Foto: Paul Wenzel Geissler
The focus on human-made toxic threats reflects wider societal concerns with environmental pollution; it also recombines fundamental anthropological concerns: from ethics and political economy to landscape and nature, food and consumption to science and technology, kinship and gender to history and temporality - to name a few.
At Department of Social Anthropology, we come to toxicity from perspectives as diverse as nature conservation and political ecology, environmental history and postcolonial Science and Technology Studies (STS), inter-species ethnography and studies of resource extraction and industrial agriculture. Our PhD students, including those of the AnthroTox convergence environment, work on origins, distribution, effects, monitoring and regulation of toxic substances, globally.
Our reading group brings together different regional and theoretical orientations, and engages anthropology with diverse approaches to toxicity - including history and STS, environmental humanities and political ecology, post-/ decolonial theory and toxicology itself. We meet monthly to discuss selected readings presented by the participants, and to share our own work and that of invited speakers.