Aseem Shrivastava – Twirling the Earth: How we came to become a self-destructive globe

Decolonial and Postcolonial Ecologies: Critical Voices from India A monthly online lecture series

Coming up next: 11 April 2024

5 – 6 pm India Standard Time

1:30 – 2:30 pm Time in Paris

8:30 – 9:30 pm Time in Seoul

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Aseem Shrivastava (Writer, Teacher, Ecological Thinker)

Twirling the Earth: How we came to become a self-destructive globe

Abstract

I will root my talk in Hannah Arendt’s crucial insight into ‘earth alienation’ and its explanatory force in the ecological crisis of humanity on earth, before moving on to discussing Rabindranath as just one of many poets (along with Goethe, Blake, Rilke, Pessoa, Jaishankar, Kuvempu) who embodied and expressed a love of humanity as an intrinsic part of the earth and the cosmos.

The two prevailing frameworks in which the ecological crisis of the earth is understood are environmentalism and ecology. Environmentalism has proved limited, often self-defeating, because of its commitment to a technocratic approach. Ecology is inadequate because its approach is dominated by science, even when supplemented by the environmental humanities. Neither perspective questions the reigning cosmology of modernity which is at the
cognitive and existential root of the precipitous crisis. On the contrary, their problems arise precisely from the fact that they take it for granted. Ecosophy, defined loosely by the Catalan-Keralite philosopher-theologian Raimon
Panikkar, as “the wisdom of the earth” does offer a critical perspective on the cosmology of modernity. His incisive critique of modernity will be discussed in relation to the ecological crisis, drawing centrally upon Hannah Arendt’s pathbreaking idea of earth alienation.

(If time permits, my talk will introduce some of the basic concepts that ecosophy explores and builds upon: transnature, species solipsism, homo abstractus, earth alienation, and arrhythmia).


Decolonial and Postcolonial Ecologies: Critical Voices from India A monthly online lecture series

29 February: A. Raghuramaraju (Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati)

21 March: Bhagat Oinam (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

11 April: Aseem Shrivastava (Writer, Teacher, and Ecological Thinker)

2 May: Prasenjit Biswas (North-Eastern Hill University)

18 July: Swarnalatha R (Indian Institute of Technology Madras)

(TBA) August: Ashish Kothari (Environmental Activist)

26 September: Padini Nirmal (Independent Scholar)

3 October: Puja Ghosh (University of Oregon)

All talks take place 5 – 6 pm India Standard Time

12:30 – 1:30 pm Time in Paris / 1:30 – 2:30 pm Summer Time in Paris

8:30 – 9:30 pm Time in Seoul

Please register at https://forms.gle/wJfF2xK15Z6keD8E8

Organized by: Elise Coquereau-Saouma (JNU / FWF), Puja Ghosh (UO) and Michael Stadler (DAAD Lecturer at JNU)


OpenEdition vous propose de citer ce billet de la manière suivante :
Daeseung Park (30 mars 2024). Aseem Shrivastava – Twirling the Earth: How we came to become a self-destructive globe. Anthropologie décoloniale. Consulté le 14 juillet 2024 à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/w4xv


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