Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Smart Matter and the Thinking Body: Concepts for the Anthropocene
Thought & Culture Seminars and the Interdisciplinary Humanities MA program's Speakers' Series present...
Department of Communication Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University
Location: Brenda Wallace Reading Room, J.N. Desmarais Library (map)
Abstract: Since the recent announcement of the Anthropocene by climatologists, there has been an increasing awareness that this new epoch, characterized by the ascendance of humans as the primary geological force affecting the planet, requires new theoretical concepts that are adequate to this new reality. Current trends in critical theory offer new ways to understand our situation. Examining the recent focus on matter and the material body, my aim is to add another ‘type’ of materialism to the conversation – one that grasps human activity itself as a material force, which may be a particularly fruitful approach for an epoch where the power of human activity has become so amplified.