About this Project

Bringing together historians, geographers, anthropologists, environmental artists, and security and science studies experts, the Engineered Worlds project offers a significant re-theorization of security in light of the cumulative global environmental effects of industry. The impacts of human industrial activity – extreme weather, rising oceans, changing habitats, shifting food sources, and new health challenges – render problematic the longstanding nature-culture binary that has shaped science studies and cultural anthropology. To understand these impacts, we need new concepts of security that are adequate to the problem of a radically changing biosphere. Through a series of co-taught seminars with visiting scholars, a spring conference, and public arts exhibitions, this project considers how ecologies are “engineered” or “designed”, intentionally and unintentionally, by industrial practices, and focuses local and invited expertise toward the creation of a new critical theory that can address “post-nature” politics.


Collaborative Approaches to Complex Questions

July 29, 2013

The Neubauer Collegium shares research with the public while making the University a destination for collaborating academic leaders.

Project Updates

The Engineered Worlds Conference took place at the
Neubauer Collegium at the University of Chicago on 
October 2-3, 2015. 
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