Bruno Latour and Philippe Descola are two of France’s most prominent intellectuals, and both have redefined their respective fields of expertise by considering the place of human agency – and non-human actors – in the construction of the modern world. In this conversation, Latour and Descola will discuss the idea of the anthropocene, a new geological era in which humans have become the principal agents for the transformation of our planetary systems: from small-scale consumption of natural resources to large-scale human-induced climate change. Drawing on the fields of anthropology, science studies, and other allied disciplines, these two thinkers will discuss their views on how human intervention in the natural world has not only transformed planetary ecosystems, but also the very ideas and models we use to think about the planet as a whole.
Doors open at 5:00 PM.
Space is limited and seating is on a first-come basis: *MUST ARRIVE BY 5:15 PM for your registration to be valid*
A reception will follow.
This event is co-sponsored by the Museum of Anthropology, the French Consulate Vancouver, and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC.