The Ontopolitics of the Future group is hosted by the Culture, Politics and Global Justice research cluster in collaboration with gloknos. This reading group combines perspectives from different disciplines - including but not limited to anthropology, sociology, political theory, gender studies, STS and philosophy - to create discussions about the politics of being in late liberalism, particularly in view of challenges such as climate change and the development of artificial intelligence. Recognising that the question of what lives (or survives) in the ‘Anthropocene’ is inextricable from the question of what (or who) is recognized as an actor/agent and/or the subject of rights, the group interrogates the implications of different ways of knowing, defining, and governing existents.
This event is open to all and no registration is necessary. Once per term, the reading group will include activities such as a walk, a visit to an exhibition, or a film screening, related to the overall theme. Specific dates and activities will be fixed during the year, in conversation with members.
The selection of readings aims to reflect recent publications on the topic; we always welcome suggestions. Where possible, links are provided to online versions of readings available either for free or to University members via IDiscover/Raven; if you need access to any of these, get in touch and we’ll do our best to help. All queries can be addressed to Dr. Jana Bacevic.
Lent Term - 17 January 2019
Massumi, B. 2015. Ontopower: War, Powers, and the State of Perception (Duke University Press).
gloknos is initially funded for 5 years by the European Research Council through a Consolidator Grant awarded to Dr.Inanna Hamati-Ataya for her project ARTEFACT (2017-2022). ARTEFACT is funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (ERC grant agreement no. 724451). For information about gloknos or ARTEFACT please contact the administrator in the first instance.
|Lent Term 2019 17 January||
Massumi, B. Ontopower: War, Powers, and the State of Perception. North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2015.
Mann, G. & Wainwright, J. Climate Leviathan: a political theory of our planetary future. London: Verso, 2018.
Liboiron, M., Tironi, M., & Calvillo, N. "Toxic politics: Acting in a permanently polluted world." Social Studies of Science 48, 3 (2018): 331 – 349.
Davies, T. "Toxic Space and Time: Slow Violence, Necropolitics, and Petrochemical Pollution" Annals of the American Association of Geographers (June 2018).
Alexis-Martin, B., & Davies, T. "Towards Nuclear Geography: Zones, bodies and communities." Geography Compass 11, 9 (September 2017): 1-13.
*This week will also include a walk to Cambridge's Nuclear Bunker*
Lakoff, A. "Global health security and the pathogenic imaginary." In Dreamscapes of Modernity: Sociotechnical imaginaries and the fabrication of power, edited by Sheila Jasanoff and San Hyung-Kin, 300-320. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.
Thompson, C. "The Cryopolitics of Survival from the Cold War to the Present: a Fugue." In Cryopolitics: Frozen Life in a Melting World, edited by Radin, J. and Kowal, E. 335-343. Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2017.
Anderson, W. "The Frozen Archive, or Defrosting Derrida." In Cryopolitics: Frozen Life in a Melting World, edited by Radin, J. and Kowal, E. 245-257. Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2017.
Grayson, K., & Mawdsley, J. "Scopic regimes and the visual turn in International Relations: Seeing world politics through the drone." European Journal of International Relations (September 2018): 1-27.
Mantello, R. "The machine that ate bad people: The ontopolitics of the precrime assemblage." Big Data and Society 3, 2 (December 2016): 1-11.
*This week will also include a screening of the film Minority Report*