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An Institute for Urban Research seminar

Research seminar (in English) with Henrik Ernstson, University of Manchester / KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

In this seminar we will try to understand the depoliticising nature of “the Anthropocene.” This will be done by viewing how the climate crisis has thrown up a set of narratives, what we will be referring to as ‘AnthropoScenes’, which broadly share the effect of off-staging certain voices and in particular denies, or places in the waiting room, the idea of equality and thus the possibility of politics proper.

We will then develop a post-foundational political perspective to understand the political in terms of a redistribution of the sensible, a performative rupture in the normalised order of things. We conclude that what is off-staged and rendered obscene in ‘the AnthropoScenes’ carries precisely the possibility of a return of the political.

The seminar will depart in the reading of two texts:

  • Henao Castro, A., & Ernstson, H. (2019). “Hic Rhodus, Hic Salta!” Postcolonial Remains and the Politics of the Anthropo-ob(S)cene. In H. Ernstson & E. Swyngedouw (Eds.), Urban Political Ecology in the Anthropo-obscene: Interruptions and Possibilities (pp. 69–87). Abingdon & New York: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315210537-4
  • Swyngedouw, E., Ernstson, H., (2018). Interrupting the Anthropo-obScene: Immuno-biopolitics and Depoliticizing Ontologies in the Anthropocene. Theory, Culture & Society 35, 3–30. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276418757314

For access to texts, send an email to Lina Olsson, senior lecturer.