Two new junior fellows in Ethics of the Anthropocene

IVM and the Faculty of Religion and Theology appointed Michael Davies-Venn and Jan Jorrit Hasselaar as VU Junior Fellows in the Ethics of the Anthropocene Programme for 2019.

09/06/2019 | 12:59 PM

Michael Davies-Venn

The centrality of human activities and consequent transformative impacts to planet Earth are core considerations to the proposed Anthropocene. Climate change is a key indicator used to support the concept. Global governance issues on climate change, arising between developed and developing regions, and contextualized in the Anthropocene, inform activities Michael is undertaking as a 2019 Junior Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Ethics of the Anthropocene until December. He will query how the suggested Anthropocene may reconfigure global environment governance between these regions; assess worldwide contributions, including from the so-called Global South, towards formalizing the Anthropocene; and contribute to conceptualize an equitable and legally just global climate change governance framework, following from the assumption that human activities have transformed the planet and the recognition of unequal contributions? Outcomes include contributions to a forthcoming text on the Anthropocene, informed public debate on the concept and public engagements at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, including during the Water in Times of Climate Change symposium organized by the Faculty of Religion. Michael Davies-Venn is a communication professional and public policy analyst who has worked and studied in several countries and continents, researching emerging issues, between developing and developed regions, as they relate to implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Jan Jorrit Hasselaar

From June until December 2019 economist and theologian Jan Jorrit Hasselaar is Junior Fellow in Ethics of the Anthropocene. Jan Jorrit will use the fellowship to coordinate the interdisciplinary VU water symposium ‘Water in Times of Climate Change. A Values-driven Dialogue’ with ‘Green’ Patriarch Bartholomew. The symposium envisions to investigate issues related to water and climate change on interlocking dimensions: science, politics, economics, and religion. The symposium will address the challenges from the vantage point of three major urban areas: Cape Town, Jakarta and Amsterdam. The symposium will stimulate a holistic perspective in search of mutual understanding and shared languages for our common world. For more information see www.vu.nl/watersymposium. Jan Jorrit coordinates the Amsterdam Centre for Religion and Sustainable Development. The title of his PhD is ‘A Hopeful Response to Climate Change. Public Theology and Economics in Interaction on Radical Uncertainty’.