Tristes Anthropique is a blog of short essays by Conall Ó Duibhir. The title is derived from Claude Lévi-Strauss’ seminal work ‘Tristes Tropique.’ The bold and oft sited opening lines of this book provide a starting point for this blog. “Je hais les voyages et les explorateurs. Et voici que je m’apprête à raconter mes expéditions.” Just as Lévi-Strauss critiques his frustration with traveling and travellers, while locating himself in this milieu, the blogger finds himself, a scientist, in the currently unsustainable anthropocentric world of science. The replacement of tropiques with anthropiques is a play on words as opposed to a neologism, but echoing Bruno Latour’s call for an ‘Anthropology of the Moderns,’ the title intentionally highlights the challenges, injustice and need for intervention in the Anthropocene. This blog is not a methodological anthropology in any shape or form, but a collection of thoughts, opinions and critiques on the world of today.
The blog’s author, Conall Ó Duibhir, is a master’s student in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He has a background in Sociology, Politics, Economics and Film.