Lecture T.J. Demos: Against the Anthropocene

Tuesday December 12
17.30-19.00 uur
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Lecture Hall 0B-60
Initium Building, ground floor
De Boelelaan 1077
Behind Main Building, across from stop De Boelelaan/VU (tram 5/metro 51)
Admission free; please register below.

NB: Because of overwhelming interest, we are moving to a bigger lecture hall: 0B-60 in the Initium Building, behind the Main Building, across from stop De Boelelaan/VU (tram 5/metro 51).

Please register for the lecture below – it is important that we know how many people are coming. If you registered, but cannot make it, please let us know soon.

T.J. Demos will examine creative models of cultural practice which propose  alternatives to the anthropocentrism, and technoscientific rationality of the Anthropocene thesis. Radical artistic and activist practitioners are exploring multi-species ontologies, experimental and multidisciplinary pedagogies, eco-sexual economies, and forms of institutional liberation. These, Demos argues, offer vital resources for how to imagine the reinvention of the world in ways socially just and ecologically sustainable, and to counter the seeming ineluctability of catastrophic climate change.

T. J. DemosT.J. Demos is Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Founder and Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. He writes widely on the intersection of contemporary art, global politics, and ecology and is the author of several books, including Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and Political Ecology (Sternberg Press, 2016), Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today, (Sternberg Press, 2017), and The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary During Global Crisis (Duke University Press, 2013)—winner of the College Art Association’s 2014 Frank Jewett Mather Award.

Please let us know you are coming by filling out the form below. You will not receive a confirmation of your registration by mail, but if you leave a comment or question we will be in touch.

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