Bruno Latour spoke at Utrecht University, 18 April, 2015, with a lecture entitled 'How to Sort out the Many Ambiguities of the Concept of Anthropocene':
BAK (basis voor actuele kunst) and the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University are co-organising a lecture by world-famous philosopher Bruno Latour. Part of the Anthropocene Observatory research exhibition currently on view at BAK, Latour will discuss the so-called Anthropocene thesis that identifies our present time as a geological epoch defined by human disturbance of Earth’s ecosystems. Anthropologist Anna Tsing will respond to Latour's lecture.
ANTHROPOCENE AS A WAKE-UP CALL Bruno Latour will discuss the use—and many ambiguities—of the hybrid, novel, and yet unstable concept of the Anthropocene as one informed by the disciplines of geology, philosophy, theology, and social science. He has articulated the Anthropocene as a “wake-up call”, radically reframing both the time and space we find ourselves living in.
The final refusal of the separation between Nature and Human, which “has paralysed science and politics since the dawn of modernism,” the Anthropocene is the most probable alternative we have to usher ourselves out of the notion of modernisation at a point when “the dreams that could be nurtured at the time of the Holocene cannot last.”
Anna Tsing will respond to Latour’s lecture from the perspective of her own research on the notion of “living in the Anthropocene,” weaving together insights from the fields of anthropology, biology, and philosophy to inquire into the possible ways of understanding the “kinds of lives that are made and the futures that are possible in the ruined, re-wilded, and unintended landscapes” of this geological era.
[Update 27 May 2015]