Slow seminar no. 33

This seminar revisits Dipesh Chakrabarty's provocative essay, "The Climate of History: Four Theses"

2017.05.24 | Mia Korsbæk

Date Mon 12 Jun
Time 16:45 19:30
Location building 1451, 515, Jens Christian Schous Vej 3, 8200 Aarhus in the Nobel Park.

Dear friends of AURA

 

We hope you will join AURA's next Slow seminar on June 12, Monday from 16.45- 19.30. building 1451, 515, Jens Christian Schous Vej 3, 8200 Aarhus in the Nobel Park.

AURA’s Art Director and post.doc Elaine Gan will lead the seminar.

This seminar revisits Dipesh Chakrabarty's provocative essay, "The Climate of History: Four Theses" (2009), in which he offers an historian's perspective on climate change and the challenges it poses to how we consider the interplays between natural and human history, freedom and agency, global capital, and species collectivity. Chakrabarty asks: "If, indeed, globalization and global warming are born of overlapping processes, the question is, How do we bring them together in our understanding of the world?" 

Seminar discussion will focus on: (a) a set of interdisciplinary responses to Chakrabarty's essay, edited in 2015 by Emmett and Lekan and (b) a controversial environmental/political documentary by Hubert Sauper that opens with a story of the Nile perch in Lake Victoria, Tanzania. In addition to the film's content, its narrative structure and figurations of history and futurity offer ways of responding to Chakrabarty's question.

Read: (see attachments)

Emmett, Robert, and Thomas Lekan, eds."Whose Anthropocene? Revisiting Dipesh Chakrabarty’s 'Four Theses,'" RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society 2016, no. 2.  (122 pages)

Chakrabarty, Dipesh. 2009 "The Climate of History: FourTheses." Critical Inquiry 35: 197-222  (26 pages)

 

Watch:

Darwin's Nightmare. Dir. Hubert Sauper. 2004 (1 hr 45 min)

View in full at archive.org/details/Darwins.Nightmare.2004

 

Would you reply back to me if you are coming so that I may order enough coffee and sandwiches?

We hope to see you there!

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