Coming of Age on Earth asks us to scrutinize this era of anticipated extreme change for its implications on stasis, tradition and consistency. As people are confronted with multi-scalar, intersectional and embodied forms of coping, cultural forms can be resilient. Under conditions of dynamic change, what are the anchors of tradition and what role do they play? What is the role of stability in an era of unprecedented change? Next-gen cultural artefacts and tools—artificial intelligence, digitalization and new modes of community-building empower radical change alongside forging new kinds of old socialities. As modes of surveillance and conformity increase, so do opportunities for radical alliances and change.
Anthropology is uniquely positioned to study the legacies that shape and are being shaped by the next generations. This Congress invites panels and contributions from all four fields of anthropology that will be inspired to contextualize their research and ideas with regard to the questions raised by the perspective of Coming of Age on Earth.