Le jeudi 23 novembre 2017 de 16h30 - 18h00
Smart Matter and the Thinking Body: Concepts for the Anthropocene
Les séminaires Pensée & Culture et la Série de conférences de la Maîtrise en humanités présentent...
Department of Communication Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University
Lieu : Salle de lecture Brenda Wallace, Bibliothèque Desmarais (map)
Résumé : 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.