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    The Climate of Race: Blackness and the Pitfalls of Anthropocenean Ethics

    Open lecture hosted by the Advanced Seminar in Philosophy, Department of Culture and Learning, Södertörn University


    Though to deny the geological impact of human force on nature is now essentially quasi-criminal, many theorists (mostly in the humanities) remain, nonetheless, unimpressed with what this "new era" has afforded us in terms of critical potential. From accusations that what we now call the "Anthropocene" has merely established a hegemony of brute facts at the expense of critique, to concerns about the multiple ways in which the term continues to obscure socio-ecological relations of catastrophic nature, it is fair to say that the many scenes of the Anthropocene are still contested terrains. In this paper, I am concerned with what Srinivas Aravamudan deems "the escapist philosophy of various dimension of the hypothesis concerning the Anthropocene". Following Erik Swyngedouw's indictment of apocalyptic discourses' vital role in displacing
    social antagonisms and nurturing capitalism, I argue that the new regime of Anthropocenean consciousness has been powerful in disavowing racial antagonisms. I discuss the ways in which it has foreclosed properpolitical framings while, simultaneously, has continued to construct and maintain growing numbers of both new and old enemies along racial lines. I contend that the "political Anthropocene" (if there is or ought to be one) will remain an impossibility until it is able to wrestle with the problem of black suffering.


    Axelle Karera is an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Humanities at Wesleyan University. Her areas of specialization are in 20th century continental philosophy, the critical philosophy of race, and feminist philosophy. She is currently working on her first book in which she assesses the ethical and political shortcomings of Anthroprocenean discourses on matters of race. Karera will join the department of philosophy at Wesleyan as assistant professor of philosophy with an affiliation with the department of African American Studies in the fall of 2018.

    Tid och plats

    När: torsdag 17 maj kl. 13:00-15:00

    Vad: öppen föreläsning

    Var: Room MC 213, second floor, C-wing, Moas båge, Södertörn University, Campus Flemingsberg

    Arrangeras av: Philosophy, Södertörn University

    Evenemangsspråk: engelska