At the 2017 conference, we will advance the idea of setting up an Anthropocene Working Group within ICOM NATHIST. The proposed group will be chaired by Dr. Emlyn Koster, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (USA). Prospective members include Dr. Osamu Kamei (Japan) and Dr. Nicolas Kramar (Switzerland). The meeting time will be Wednesday, October 25, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. The venue will be posted with the conference materials.
All conference-goers are welcome to join us at the conference session (check the schedule for the time), where we will discuss the mission and topics such as terms of reference, potential projects or initiatives and likely outcomes. Members of ICOM NATHIST are able to join the group in an ongoing capacity.
The Anthropocene, the core perspective of this conference, defines Earth’s most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, based on global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are being altered by humans to the extent that our activities are altering the geological time scale.
The Anthropocene working group will be formally discussed at the ICOM NATHIST Annual General Meeting and, if approved by the membership, adopted formally at that time. The other working groups of ICOM NATHIST are Ethics and Wildlife Trafficking.