7 Jun 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm Room S2, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT


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.


Easter Term – 7 June 2019

Andersson, J. & Westholm, E. “Closing the Future: Environmental Research and the Management of Conflicting Future Value Orders.” Science,Technology and Human Values (2018), 1-26.

Svenning, J-C. Future “Megafaunas: A Historical Perspective on the Scope for a Wilder Anthropocene.” In Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropoceneedited by Tsing, A., et al. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Pringle, A. “Establishing New Worlds: The Lichens of Petersham.” In Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene, edited by Tsing, A., et al. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.


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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.


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