The diagnosis of the Anthropocene would seem to mark the public end to the idea of the wild. But this is only true if the wild is defined by the absence of people. Looked at differently, we can still find wild things and wild places in amongst the dense networks of human life. There are still ways to make space for wildlife in modern spaces and networks. This lecture explores the rise of rewilding and examines its potential as a guide for 21st century environmentalism.
Jamie Lorimer is an environmental geographer in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. His research explores the histories, politics and cultures of wildlife conservation. Past projects have ranged across scales and organisms – from elephants to hookworms. Jamie is the author of Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Conservation after Nature(Minnesota, 2015). His next book draws together work on rewilding inside and beyond the human body to claim that a ‘probiotic turn’ is underway in the governance of life in the Anthropocene. The Probiotic Planet: Using Life to Manage Life will be published in Autumn 2020.