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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Seminar - Geologic Realism

23rd October 2017, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Dr Kathryn Yusoff (Queen Mary University of London)

Abstract

The Anthropocene is a new geologic time interval that prizes open speculative dimensions to planetary thought and material relations. While fossils serve as originary artefacts for stories of species and trajectories of the human in time and space, geology appears anew as a future-orientated material practice that prompts concerns for fashioning alternative worlds and counter modes of fossilisation in the Anthropocene. While the Anthropocene is problematic, it does signal a threshold moments that names the demise of the stable material conditions of the Holocene, which provided the context for Western thought and its practices (of slavery, colonialism, capitalism). This talk engages with the provocation of this new epoch through an engagement with geologic realism and a confrontation with the inhuman dimensions of its horizons.

Places are limited at these lunchtime seminars and so any academic colleagues interested in attending, should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.