Morning 07: Fundamentals and Vocabularies of the Anthropocene
It is necessary to critically investigate the fundamentals we have come to perceive as commonplace in order to effectively tackle the problems of our time. Potential solutions to the climate crisis depend on a proper understanding of the social and political relations which have made it possible in the first place. This interactive seminar will use visual and textual material and tools from the social sciences and humanities to try and comprehend the roots of our current planetary crisis and to deconstruct the conceptual, rhetorical, economic, social and political assemblages which have given rise to the Anthropocene.
Some of the questions the seminar will address: How can we restore trust in science to use it as a source for providing responsible solutions? What are the roles of gender, race or economic position in the construction of the discourse of the Anthropocene in general and climate crisis in particular? What could be the role of expertise in balancing demands for knowledge and demands for responsible and far-sighted policies?
Participants will reflect on and unpack the language of the industrial and fossil-fuel eras, the instrumental use of the concept of ‘nature’ and the vocabulary of inequalities. Ultimately, participants will think about building new fundamentals for non-elitist, non-consumerist, and common-good oriented societies.