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T. J. Demos: Against the Anthropocene - the many names of resistance

Research profile seminar

Drawing on his recently released book, Against the Anthropocene, UC Santa Cruz professor and Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies T.J. Demos will examine creative models of cultural practice modeling alternatives to the human exceptionalism, anthropocentrism, and technoscientific rationality of the Anthropocene thesis. Rather than uncritically endorsing and recirculating the terminology, conceptualization, and practice of Anthropocene ideology, radical artistic and activist practitioners are exploring multi-species ontologies, experimental and multidisciplinary pedagogies, eco-sexual economies, and forms of institutional liberation. These, Demos argues, offer vital resources for how to imagine the reinvention of the world in ways socially just and ecologically sustainable, and to counter the seeming ineluctability of catastrophic climate change.

T.J. Demos is Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Founder and Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. He writes widely on the intersection of contemporary art, global politics, and ecology and is the author of numerous books, most recently Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today (Sternberg Press, 2017). Demos co-curated Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas, at Nottingham Contemporary in January 2015, and organized Specters: A Ciné-Politics of Haunting, at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid in 2014.

Lecturer: T.J. Demos

Date: 12/8/2017

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Categories: Kulturstudier

Organizer: Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper

Location: Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper, Vera Sandbergs Allé 8
Vasa 2427C

Contact person: Andrej Slavik


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