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Planetary Poetics Workshop: "Are 'WE' in this together?" Keynote Lecture with Professor Rosi Braidotti

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 21 September 2017

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Darwin Lecture Theatre (LT40), Darwin Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6XA

We are pleased to welcome Professor Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University and Distinguished Visiting Researcher at the IAS) to the Institute of Advanced Studies for this Keynote Lecture at the Planetary Poetics Workshop.

This lecture explores the re-compositions of a vulnerable sense of pan-humanity  ('WE') in the context of Anthropocenic climate change discussion ('this'). It will focus on three main considerations: firstly the convergences around the posthuman turn and the shifting  understandings of 'the human' in contemporary scholarship.  Secondly the complex and internally contradictory effects of economic globalization as bio-political, information-driven system, that capitalizes on all that lives. Thirdly, the necro-political governmentality, that instils managed devastation and extinction, through wars and conflicts and the new forms of discrimination they engender on a planetary scale. The lecture explores different notions of planetary subjectivity and assesses their ethical and political implications. 

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Planetary Poetics brings together a group of specialists from different disciplines to debate and consider a variety of critical, theoretical and creative approaches to the idea of the 'planetary', exploring the nonhuman, the post-human and humanism; singularity, the universal and the limits of cosmopolitical thought; animal studies and ecocriticism; affect, new materialism and the politics of representation; 'nature', earthly finitude and speculative realism. Each of these themes addresses planetary (and extra planetary) narratives, imaginations, experiences and worldings, and their relationships with the fractal figure of the human. Throughout the poetic and the aesthetic will be explored as means through which to engage with, dramatize and produce new knowledge about our relationship to the planetary.

The Planetary Poetics Workshop will open with a keynote lecture to be given by Professor Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University and Distinguished Visiting Researcher at the IAS) on the 21st September. The event will close with the UK premier of Mark Kaplan's documentary film 'Village versus Empire' on 23rd September.

Confirmed Speakers: Andrew Barry (Department of Geography, UCL), Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University and Distinguished Visiting Researcher at the IAS), Ute Eickelkamp (Sydney Environment Institute), Ann Elias (Sydney Environment Institute), Briony Fer (History of Art, UCL), Tamar Garb (History of Art and the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL), Haidy Geismar (Centre for Digital Anthropology, UCL),  Jennifer Hamilton (Sydney Environment Institute), Rye Holmboe (History of Art, UCL), Tariq Jazeel (Department of Geography, UCL)  Julia Jordan (Department of English, UCL), Iain McCalman (Sydney Environment Institute), Cat Moir (Sydney Environment Institute), Florian Mussgnug (School of European Languages, Culture and Society, UCL), Astrida Neimanis (Sydney Environment Institute), Mignon Nixon (History of Art, UCL), Killian Quigley (Sydney Environment Institute), Peg Rawes (The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL), Jennifer Robinson (Department of Geography, UCL), Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (The School of European Languages & Culture, UCL) Kirsten Wehner (Sydney Environment Institute), and Vron Ware (School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Kingston University).

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Darwin Lecture Theatre (LT40), Darwin Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6XA