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"Terraforming Planet Earth: Planetary Optics in the Age of Fallout"
Event Type:Lecture/Reading
Location:Kendade Hall 305
 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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Contact:
Michelle Pietras
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Department:Anthropology, Politics, Miller Worley Center

Lecture by Joseph Masco, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago

The ability to actually see an entire planet as a unit is a Cold War creation, related to a proliferation of “planetary optics” which include globalities of every kind –finance, technology, ecology – but also geology and the biosphere as a totality. What is powerful about seeing in this fashion is that it is both created by the national security state and its technologies and interests, and also exceeds these structures, offering an alternative ground for knowledge production and politics, and thus for future making. The “fallout” from this optic is a key force behind the development of our current planetary vision, and of schemes for geo-engineering –a logic that assumes complete knowability of earth systems even as it confronts the unintended planetary consequences of human industry.

Sponsor:Anthropology Dept., Politics Dept., Miller Worley Center for the Environment
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