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Discovering the Potential of Unintentional Design on Anthropogenic Landscapes


The Anthropocene is a new geologic epoch, defined by unprecedented human disturbance of the earth’s ecosystems.

Applying insights and methods from anthropology, biology and philosophy Aarhus University Research on The Anthropocene (AURA) aims to open up a novel and truly trans-disciplinary field of research into the Anthropocene which is needed to understand the kinds of lives that are made and the futures that are possible in the ruined, re-wilded, and unintended landscapes of the Anthropocene.


Thu 04 Feb
15:00-17:00 | Moesgaard Museum
Mild Apocalypse - Feral Landscapes in Denmark
Welcome to a Research based Exhibition at Moesgaard Museum
Mon 09 May
16:45-19:30 | Bioscience, building 1540, room K33 (in the basement). Ny Munkegade 114, 8000 Aarhus
Slow seminar no. 22
Discussion of the book "The Back of the Turtle" by Thomas King
Mon 16 May
13:00-14:30 | B600 (6th floor, building B, Stockholm University)
Open seminar: Stone Crazy in the Anthropocene. Indonesian Dreams of Wealth and the Magic of Geology
Presentation by Nils Bubandt
Thu 19 May
09:30-12:00 | The Lecture Hall (4206, 139), Moesgård Alle 20, 8270 Højbjerg
The Wilds of Jutland: Perspectives on the Danish Landscape
Join AURA and 3 invited guests for a transdisciplinary seminar on Danish Landscapes


2016.04.28 | Media coverage

Generation Anthropocene: How humans have altered the planet for ever

Feature article in the Guardian on the Anthropocene and the work of Anna Tsing

Jens-Christian Svenning receives award

2016.04.25 | Awards

Professor Jens-Christian Svenning receives scientific award

AURA's core group member Jens-Christian Svenning was the first to receive the newly established Queen's award from the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

Weekendavisens kultursektion

2016.03.14 | Media coverage

Flot anmeldelse i Weekendavisen

Begejstret anmelder har set Mild Apokalypse på Moesgård Museum

AURA visitors in 2016

Bruno Latour

The well-known Philosopher, Anthropologist and Sociologist of Science Bruno Latour will be visiting AURA June 2-5, 2016.

Assistant Professor Micha Rahder at Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University will be joining AURA as a guest researcher in May, 2016.

Bo Fritzbøger

Landscape geographer Kenneth Olwig (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) and Historian Bo Fritzbøger (Copenhagen University) will both be giving talks at the AURA Landscape Seminar, May 19 together with AURA core group member Jens-Christian Svenning (see events).

AUFF grants

AURA will be welcoming 6 PhD students in the Spring and Summer of 2016 on AUFF grants:

Oscar F. Reyna, PhD student, the Sociology of Development and Change Chair Group in Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

Janelle M. Baker, PhD student, Anthropology Department at McGill University, Canada.

Agata Agnieszka Konczal, PhD student, the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at University of Poznań, Poland.

Xan Chacko, PhD student, the University of California, Davis.

Julia Poerting, PhD student, the Department of Human Geography at Heidelberg University,

Aviv Kruglanski, artist and PhD student at Hull University Business School.


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Department of Anthropology

Moesgård Allé 20

8270 Højbjerg


Nils Ole Bubandt
Professor with Special Responsibilities

Phone: +4587162116

Mia Korsbæk
Member of Administrative Staff

Phone: +4587162118

Anna Tsing

Phone: +4587162889


AURA is funded by the Danish National Research Foundation for a five-year period until 2018. The project started September 1, 2013.

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