The Anthropocene and Transdisciplinarity


  • Jason Kelly Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis



anthropocene, transdisciplinarity, rivers, ecology, environment, anthropogenic, modernity, STEAM, interdisciplinary, philosophy of knowledge, human systems, cultural systems


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Author Biography

Jason Kelly, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Jason M. Kelly is the Director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and Associate Professor of History in the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.


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How to Cite

Kelly, J. (2014). The Anthropocene and Transdisciplinarity. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 1(1), 91–96.



Archaeology of the Anthropocene