Storytelling about climate change at the “Klimagarten 2085”

Storytelling about climate change at the “Klimagarten 2085”

By Dr. Juanita Schläpfer, ETH Zürich Climate change has been communicated as a global concern affecting all of mankind; but this message doesn’t seem to be getting through. If indeed the human brain responds better to experience than to analysis, then climate change must be told as a local and personal story – just as the Klimagarten 2085 exhibition is doing. Read the full article at the Zukunftsblog at ETH Zurich. (Photo: Fotolia /...
Anthropocene Slam Keynote Talk by Kathryn Yusoff

Anthropocene Slam Keynote Talk by Kathryn Yusoff

In conjunction with the Anthropocene Slam Zurich on May 13, 2015, a keynote talk will be given by Kathryn Yusoff, senior lecturer in human geography at University of London. Keynote: 14:30-16:00, UZH Zentrum, Room KO2-F-152, May 13 Anthropocene Slam Zurich: 19:00 – 22:00, ETH Zentrum, Polyterrasse Alumni Pavillion, May 13   Keynote talk abstract: Geopower: genealogy after life The Anthropocene thesis contains within it a notion of geologic planetary agency and thus it furnishes a new mode of subjectivity that is constituted by – and constituting of – geologic forces. After a century of biologic thought, a sharp “turn” is being enacted towards an inchoate geological futurism, and all things mineralogical. This turn, in a biopolitical critique, disputes the dominant tenets of a corporeal materiality (and modernity) that have secured imaginaries of life that enact violence across social and earthly bodies. However, if we are to be truly epochal in our thought at all, such a “turn” needs to go beyond biopower to rethink the attendant critiques of those social and political lives. While geopower was an explicit, if underdeveloped concept, within Foucault’s thought, its foregrounding within the origination of Anthropocenic Man (sic) requires a far more extensive understanding of the genealogies of what I have been calling “geologic life”. Given the centralisation of life as an organising concept within biopolitical thought, the consideration of political subjectivity in the Anthropocene raises the question of what “geopolitics after life” might look like. In an attempt to respond to this question, I take as my starting point an examination of the possible genealogies of geology; connecting geopower to political subjectivity through...
CFP: Encountering Materiality: Science, Art, Language

CFP: Encountering Materiality: Science, Art, Language

Drawing on the fields of New Materialism and the Environmental Humanities, an upcoming conference in Geneva on 23-25 June 2016 will address how sciences, arts and texts enact encounters with materiality as an entanglement of relationships, meanings, matter and movement: • How do we encounter materiality, materials and/or matter in the twenty-first century? • How do language and literary language in particular offer ways of encountering materiality and/or matter? • How have the developments in ecology, neurosciences, physics and new media changed the way we encounter the world of matter?    DOWNLOAD call for...
Narrating the Anthropocene

Narrating the Anthropocene

02.07.2015 | Zukunftsblog | Natürliche Ressourcen Von: Dr. Emily Eliza Scott, ETH Zürich | 2 Kommentare Recently, paired events – a lecture by geographer Kathryn Yusoff and a colorful evening “slam” – took place, organized by the fledgling interdisciplinary group, Environmental Humanities Switzerland. Both explored the potential and limits of the “Anthropocene” thesis: the idea that we’ve entered a new geologic epoch wherein humans are actively altering Earth systems. Sinkhole in downtown Guatemala City from May 2010, caused by the combination of destabilizing effects of tropical storm Agatha, subterranean urban sewage infrastructure, and loose volcanic substrate. (Photo: AP Photo/Guatemala’s Presidency, Luis Echeverria) Please read the full ETH Zukunftsblog...
Call for contributions to an evening of thought-provoking slams

Call for contributions to an evening of thought-provoking slams

Anthropocene Slam Zürich: Preparing a survival kit for an Uncertain environmental future Call for contributions to an evening of thought-provoking slams, live music, bar and food. With guest speaker Kathryn Yusoff, Senior lecturer in Human Geography at the University of London. Audience: Students and scientists across disciplines, artists, and the general public interested in engaging in a playful way with fundamental questions about the future of our society in a time of limits to growth, climate change and over-exploitation of ecosystems. Format of slams: • Slam of open format (spoken text, visuals such as power point (or prezi) slides, show elements), or in other words a ‘creative’ talk of thought-provoking (maybe humorous) content and unusual format. • Duration per slam: 10 minutes • Slammers will talk about our pre-collapse society, collapse, and/or post-collapse scenarios: what will happen, who will win, what will remain, what can be done, how can we think about/ imagine environmental collapse or post-collapse differently, hopeful stories or black humour… • Formal requirement: each slammer brings a concrete object (ideally a real object, can also be a representation of an object, person, idea, or concept) around which the slam is organised. The slammer promotes the object to be included in a ‘survival kit for a uncertain environmental future’ • A stage, microphone and beamer will be available • Preferably in English, possible in German Submission: • 0.5-1 page abstract of slam, including description of the object, short narrative, and intended format, plus short ‘CV’ of presenter. • Deadline for submissions: Monday 30th March 2015 to Juanita.schlaepfer@usys.ethz.ch Events: Slam in the Alumni (GEP) Pavillon, Polyterrasse, ETH Zurich...