Rewilding the Anthropocene

Human-Animal Assemblages in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area

Rewilding the Anthropocene is a research project in environmental anthropology contributing to the budding field of environmental humanities and to debates on the shifting entanglements between people, flora, and fauna in the world’s largest conservation landscape, the southern African Kavango-Zambezi Transboundary Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA).

The project is a unique attempt to grasp changing socio-ecological relations among humans and other species through six field studies within KAZA TFCA. These studies follow a comparative approach to examine how human livelihoods, institutions, social imaginaries, and attitudes change under – and give rise to – new socio-ecological conditions. They also include an in-depth focus on six particular multi-species assemblages. Each assemblage is comprised of a loose multi-scalar network consisting of different species populations, environmental infrastructures and technologies, and human actors and organizations.

Beyond its empirical focus on southern Africa the project actively engages in debates and research on rewilding and conservation across the globe. Workshops, conferences and publications aim to contribute to an understanding of rewilding as a key strategy of environmental governance in the Anthropocene.

Environmental Anthropology & Conservation

Kavango-Zambezi Transboundary Conservation Area

Workshops, Conferences & Publications

Debates & Research across the Globe


News about our Project

Workshop May 2024 – Global South-North Community-Based Rewilding

PDF programme rewilding workshop May 2024 On May 29-31, 2024, the project “Rewilding the Anthropocene” organized the workshop “Global South-North Community-Based Rewilding: Interweaving Traditional Knowledge and Modern Science”. For three days, the ...
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New book to be published: “Forest Politics in Kenya’s Tugen Hills”, by Léa Lacan

The book “Forest Politics in Kenya’s Tugen Hills: Conservation Beyond Natural Resources in the Katimok Forest” written by Léa Lacan will be published in July 2024. It explores historical and contemporary human-sylvan ...
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Interdisciplinary Workshop Feb 24 Rewilding – species, landscapes, society: Dialogues across the Humanities, the Social and the Natural Sciences

PDF Feb 2024 – Rewilding Workshop – Preliminary Programme With Abstracts Rewilding is a relatively new concept and practice in the field of conservation. The majority of academic work on rewilding stems ...
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Award for book featuring rewilding research!

The book „Conservation, Markets & the Environment in Southern and Eastern Africa. Commodifying the ‘Wild’” edited by Michael Bollig, Alfons Wabahe Mosimane, Romie Vonkie Nghitevelekwa and Selma Mekondjo Lendelvo has been granted ...
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The Rewilding project is part of the next exhibition in Museum Wiesbaden!

The REWILDING Project is present in the exhibition entitled “Der Hase ist des Jägers Tod. Kultur und Natur des südlichen Afrikas“ which will be on display in the Museum Wiesbaden from the ...
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The Cologne University Magazine writes about the Rewilding project!

Check out the article of the Cologne University Magazine on our Rewilding project written by Jan Voelkel: Picture of the Cologne University Website.
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Interdisciplinary rewilding round table

Rewilding in Latin America, Africa and Europe Julia Brekl from the Rewilding project takes part in the interdisciplinary round table “Rewilding ¿la vuelta a lo salvaje? Perspectivas interdisciplinarias de Sur y Norte”.  ...
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Our project is at ECAS2023!

rewilding at ECAS2023…. The European Conference on African Studies will take place from May 31 to June 3, 2023 in Cologne!  The project “Rewilding the Anthropocene” will be represented. Check out where ...
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Spring Workshop CRC228-ERC “Rewilding” 24-26 May 2023

Spring workshop, getting ready for the ECAS2023 From the 24th to the 26th of May 2023, early career researchers from the Collaborative Research Center 228 “Future Rural Africa” and the ERC project ...
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About Rewilding

Rewilding looks at shifting entanglements between people, flora, and fauna in the the southern African Kavango-Zambezi Transboundary Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA). Beyond KAZA, it engages with debates and research on rewilding across the globe.

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