Paris 14-15 November
You may be interested in the following international conference, to be held in Paris on 14-15 November. Among the many important speakers will be Bruno Latour, Will Steffen and Peter Sloterdijk.
THINKING THE ANTHROPOCENE
Paris, 14-15 November
An international conference convened by
Christophe Bonneuil, François Gemenne and Clive Hamilton
If humankind now rivals the great forces of nature in its impact on the Earth system—so that the history of the Earth and the history of humans have converged—the Enlightenment foundations of the social sciences and humanities are called into question. The conception of the natural world on which sociology, political science, history, law, economics and philosophy rest—that of an inert backdrop to the drama of human affairs—is increasingly difficult to defend. And in an epoch in which “Gaia” has been reawakened, the “social-only” conceptions of autonomy, agency, freedom and reflexivity that define modernity, and the idea of the human on which these disciplines have been constructed, must be rethought.
This conference is designed to begin the rethinking of the social sciences and humanities demanded by the arrival of the new geological epoch, the “Age of Humans”. It will attempt to open new vistas by drawing together scholars with an intuition that something fundamental has shifted.
The full program and registration procedure can be found here:
Please note that the event on 13 November is distinct from the conference itself. Registration for 14 November automatically entails registration for 15 November. The second day of the conference (15th) is at a different venue. Registration is free.