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Anthropocene (Post)Humanities

  • 10. September 2019  |  09:00 Uhr
  • Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften
    Alfons-Goppel-Straße 11
    80539 München
    Sitzungssäle, 1. Stock
  • This workshop explores the place, transformation, and reconceptualization of the (post)human in Anglophone literature and film about climate change in the age of the Great Acceleration (post 1950). Literary writers and theorists have responded to the Anthropocene by foregrounding the limitations of traditional understandings of the human in a number of different ways. Some recent debates have explored the challenges of conceptualising species-level and trans-personal causality without losing sight of the unequal global distribution of risk and precarity that results from climate change. Other conversations have drawn attention to the fact that the ontological domains of nature, culture, and technology that were once thought to be distinct have in fact always been inextricably intertwined. Accordingly, different concepts of the posthuman are currently discussed across the humanities to theorise this decentring and enmeshment of the human in non-human, technological, and economic networks. Finally, many ecowriters and critics are calling for a move away from anthropocentric and towards biocentric perspectives. Entering into dialogue with these ongoing debates, this workshop will focus on the continued importance and resilience of concepts of the human in cultural conversations about the Anthropocene.
  • Wissenschaftliche Veranstaltung
  • Natalie Roxburgh (Siegen), Jonathan Skinner (Warwick), Hubert Zapf (Augsburg), Ursula Kluwick (Bern), Katharina Boehm (Regensburg), Anna Pilz (Munich), Timo Müller (Konstanz), Alexa Weik von Mossner (Klagenfurt), Katie Ritson (Munich), Gero Guttzeit (Munich), Nicole Falkenhayner (Freiburg), Matthias Klestil (Klagenfurt), Jessica J. Lee (Berlin)
  • Attendance is free but please register via email by 3 September 2019.
  • katharina.boehm@ur.de
  • Organization: Katharina Boehm (Young Academy of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities)