In the last couple of years, people in Indonesia have become obsessed with stones. Across the country, certain stones - ordinary and extraordinary, worthless and priceless at the same time - fuel dreams of magical protection, political power, and economic wealth. The presentation seeks to locate this phenomenon within, and allow it to off-set, another perhaps larger phenomenon, namely the notion that humans have become a force of nature on a geological scale in the time of historically unprecedented environmental disturbance sometimes referred to as the Anthropocene. In a time where humans are becoming a geological force, anthropology - so the presentation suggests - can learn a great deal by paying attention to stones.

Nils Bubandt is Professor of Anthropology at Aarhus University and co-editor-in-chief - with Mark Graham - of Ethnos. His publications include: Democracy, Corruption and the Politics of Spirits in Contemporary Indonesia (Routledge 2014) and The Empty Seashell: Witchcraft and Doubt on an Indonesian Island (Cornell University Press, 2014). The anthology Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet. Stories from the More-than-Human Anthropocene (co-edited with Heather Swanson, Anna Tsing, and Elaine Gan) is forthcoming with Island Press.