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Lecture by Ben Woodard: "Extinction Redistributed" - Tuesday 13/10, 19h

This lecture will be live streamed and can be followed remotely.

Contemporary theoretical discourse addressing the anthropocene often invites a series of interrelated comments: that the Eurocentrism of the humanities ignores that indigenous peoples have and/or are already experiencing extinction, that it is human technological hubris that is ultimately to blame, or that is a particular organization of social and political relations which have terraformed the planet. Immediately the question of who is the ‘we’ (as human being or human species or bourgeois or Western) that faces extinction is central.

Furthermore this question indexes two related themes: first, the contrasting temporal and spatial dimensions of extinction (what does it mean to say extinction is occurring and yet has to still occur?) and secondly, the continuity between humans and non-humans in posthuman and decolonial work. This aim of this talk is to engage with the work of Wynter, Tallbear, Todd, Whyte, Danowski, and de Castro and others to discern the critical differences between the various ends of the world or worlds (in genocides, apocalypses, and extinctions) in order to see the limits of anthropocene discourse and how this can inform our understanding of the historical sciences.

Please find Ben's biography here.

Tine Declerck