Will the Earth outlast the Human?
Saturday 20th Feb, 3.30-4.45pm
The Reading Room, Lancaster
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As human activities profoundly alter geological conditions - manifesting in such phenomena as climate change - will it be us that leave the planet out of necessity or are we, like the dinosaurs, destined to go first, leaving the Earth to play host to the next dominant species?
Speakers: Nigel Clark (Chair), Andrew Jarvis, Bronislaw Szerszynski, Joanna Zylinska
Nigel Clark is Chair of Social Sustainability at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University. He is the author of Inhuman Nature: Sociable Life on a Dynamic Planet (2011) and co-editor of Material Geographies (2008), Extending Hospitality (2009), and Capitalism and the Earth (forthcoming 2016). His current research interests include the Anthropocene, pyrotechnology and the politics of strata.
Andrew Jarvis is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University.
Bronislaw Szerszynski is Reader at the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK. His research draws on the social sciences, humanities, arts and natural sciences in order to place contemporary changes in the relationship between humans, environment and technology in the longer perspective of human and planetary history. He was co-organiser of the conference Between Nature: Explorations in Ecology and Performance (Lancaster, 2000), Experimentality, a year-long research programme on experimentation in the sciences, arts and wider society (Lancaster/Manchester/London, 2009-10), and Anthropocene Monument, with Bruno Latour and Olivier Michelon (Toulouse, 2014-2015).
Joanna Zylinska, Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, is a philosopher, artist and curator. Her most recent book is Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene.
Presented as part of Festival of Questions [2.2.16-20.2.16]
This panel discussion is part of Day of Questions #2
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Presented by Lancaster Arts in partnership with Modern Culture, & Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at Lancaster University