How the Anthropocene Made Modernity

When and Where

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Victoria College
91 Charles St West, Toronto, ON M5S 1K5


The Oxford-Penn-Toronto IDC in the Environmental Humanities is delighted to invite you to a lecture with Amanda Power of Oxford University: ‘How the Anthropocene Made Modernity’, Wednesday 13 March 2024 @12pm EST/ 5pm GMT.

Register here for in person attendance, including a light lunch, at the Northrop Frye Centre, Victoria College (VC102), OR to find the link to attend virtually via Zoom.

About the lecture: The formal diagnosis of Anthropocene through physical markers of human transformations of the earth prioritizes a materiality that asks ‘when’ before ‘how’ and ‘why’. In this talk Amanda Power shows how early expansionist policies across the globe envisaged ‘civilization’ as the successful exploitation by elites of landscapes, ecologies, and human and non-human life, such that ceasing to dominate the earth was an illegitimate choice.

Amanda Power is Sullivan Clarendon Associate Professor in History at the University of Oxford, and a historian of religion, power, and intellectual life in Medieval Europe. She is involved in an AHRC-funded collaborative network concerning‘ stateless ’spaces in the global Middle Ages, and her current monograph project, Medieval Histories of the Anthropocene, queries the relations of religion, power, and the construction of public rationality in building states across Eurasia.


  1. Online Zoom (12PM EST, 5PM GMT) - NO NEED TO REGISTER
  2. In-person: Toronto, Northrop Frye Centre (Victoria College, VC102) at 12PM EST
  3. In-person: Oxford (Location TBD) at 5PM GMT



Oxford/Penn/Toronto International Cluster in the Environmental Humanities


91 Charles St West, Toronto, ON M5S 1K5