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.

Visitors 2018

Guest Professors  

  • Jennifer Deger, James Cook University, Australia
  • Jennifer Johnson
  • Andrew Mathews, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Santa Cruz.
  • Matteo Garbelotto, Project Investigator, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California Berkeley.   
  • Osamu Saito, Academic Director & Programme Officer, UN University, Tokyo.
  • Lisa Curran, Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Roger and Cynthia Lang Professor in Environmental Anthropology.
  • Janet Franklin​, Distinguished Professor of Biogeography, University of California, Riverside. 
  • Pep Serra-Diaz, Post.doc, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University.
  • Annik Schnitzler, Professor, University of Lorraine.


Visiting PhD students

  •  Kirsten Keller, visiting PhD researcher, University of Santa Cruz. June 1-August 31, 2018
  • Jun Akamine, Tokyo University. June 17-21, 2018.  
  • Toby Neilson, PhD Film Studies researcher at The University of Glasgow. May 1-30, 2018.

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Fri 23 Mar
18:15-20:00 | IFK, Kunstuniversität Linz in Vienna.
Book presentation in Vienna
Anna Tsing will discuss her book The Mushroom at the End of the World in a dialogue with anthropologist Andre Gingrich, taking place at IFK, Kunstuniversität Linz in Vienna.
Tue 27 Mar
19:00-21:00 | Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Anthropocene Lecture: Anna Tsing
Guest lecture in Berlin


02.03.2018 | People

New AURA post.doc

Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen will start working with AURA March 1, 2018

28.02.2018 | People

New scientific assistant at AURA

Rachel Cypher will start her position March 1, 2018.

15.01.2018 | Media coverage

Magisk Tænkning

Interview med Nils Bubandt i Weeekendavisen