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art in the Anthropocene epoch

Panel  'What Can Art Do for Our Global Problems?'

April 18, 2022

In the Anthropocene Epoch, in which man has irreparably influenced the world system, it is important to evaluate the transformative impact of art on individuals and societies from a different perspective. Because art is beyond the data, statistics and reports that we come across all the time; While making visible the emotions and contradictions underlying the complex problems we face, it can create an environment conducive to change by facilitating empathy and touching people's hearts, minds and imaginations.

Global problems are obvious. Change is essential for solving these complex global problems, especially the climate crisis, and action is essential for change. We participate in the search for solutions through the dialogue and experience we have established through art with the closer_2030 project. During the process of the closer_2030 / Co-Art Co-Act project realized in cooperation with UNDP; art is handled as a power that encourages, facilitates and accelerates our action in the Anthropocene Epoch.



Faik Uyanık I UNDP Türkiye

Faik Uyanık studied at Istanbul University, Department of Economics in English. Then went to Belgium with a Jean Monnet scholarship and did his master's degree in European Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven and worked on EU Regional Development Policy. He completed his master's and doctorate degrees in Journalism at Marmara University. He started journalism and broadcasting in 1992 at BRT, a subordinate of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. He worked at NTV for ten years, starting from 1997. He worked for the BBC Turkish Service in London for over three years. He won the Sedat Simavi Award of the Journalists Association of Turkey in 2008. Since 2010, he has been working as the Head of the Communications Department of the United Nations Development Program in Turkey. He also managed partnerships, events and media relations in UNDP's Eurasia region communications team.


Hande Paker I Bahçeşehir University

Hande Paker works in the fields of political sociology and political ecology. In this context, she conducted research on the forms of civil society and state relations, environmental policies on a local and global axis, cosmopolitan citizenship, and especially on environmental problems and climate crisis. Her articles have been published in international journals such as Voluntas, Environmental Politics, Theory and Society, Middle Eastern Studies and various books. Hande Paker holds a PhD from McGill University. She completed her graduate education at McGill University and her undergraduate education at Boğaziçi University. She is still a faculty member at the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences at Bahçeşehir University.


Melis Cin I Lancaster University

Associate Professor Melis Cin works as a faculty member at Lancaster University. Her work focuses on the relationship between peace education, participatory arts and international development in Africa, on the axis of feminism. She is currently pursuing studies in Arts and Peace education funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.​​

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