Oktober 2022

Do20Okt10:00Do20:00Politics of NaturePhilosophical Perspectives on the Anthropocene


It is obvious that human forms of life have affected the earth system to such an extent that one has to consider the possibility that a new geological age has emerged. More importantly, the severe changes underway in this new age, often called the ‘Anthropocene’, seem to undermine the very conditions of survival on this planet: Climate change, a severe reduction of biodiversity, the increasing exploitation and devastation of the environment, and new diseases based on cross-species virus transmission are only some of the most visible forms in which human activities have seriously undermined the habitability of this planet for human and non-human species. It is the dire irony of the term ‘Anthropocene’ that it is named after the very species that is heading for self-extinction in this age. This situation does not just underline the fact that the present capitalist forms of life are unviable, it also poses a challenge to some of the constitutive ideals that have guided the critique of these forms of life – notions of growth and transformation, liberation and invention, freedom and self-determination, care and responsibility, justice and equality. Against this background, the conference seeks to articulate the ‘Anthropocene’ as a philosophical problem that requires a deep revision of our self-understanding and a new conception of politics.

Thursday, 20 October 2022

10:00 – 10:30
Thomas Khurana
Politics of Nature: An Introduction

10:30 – 11:45
Beth Lord
Spinoza and the Politics of Soil

Chair: Oliver Precht

11:45 – 12:15 Coffee break

12:15 – 13.30
Martin Saar
Nature/Politics: Critical Theory and the Turn to Life

Chair: Hanna Hamel

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch Break

15:00 – 16:15
Jacob Blumenfeld
The Socialization of Nature

Chair: Lillian Cicerchia

16:15 – 16:45 Coffee break

16:45 –18:00
Karen Ng
Metabolism and Natural Limits: Rethinking Species-Being in Hegel and Marx

Chair: Kristina Lepold

18:30 – 20:00 Keynote
Slavoj Žižek
‘Unbehagen in der Natur‘: On Thinking the End of Nature

Chair: Christian Schmidt

Friday, 21 October 2022

10:00 – 11:15
Frank Ruda
Un-Natur: De-natura (rerum)

Chair: Katharina Hoppe

11:30 – 12:45
Melanie Sehgal
Philosophy and the Arts of a New Climatic Regime

Chair: Hilkje Hänel

12:45 – 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 – 15:45
Oxana Timofeeva
The World Soul?

Chair: Francesca Raimondi

15:45 – 16:15 Coffee break

16:15 – 17:30
Christoph Menke
Imitation of Life: Democracy After Beuys

Chair: Xenia Chiaramonte

17:30 – 18:00 Coffee break

18:00 – 20:00 Discussion
What Is to be done? Climate Crisis and Political Activism
With Eva von Redecker, Rupert Read, Andreas Malm

Chair: Robin Celikates

Organized by

Thomas Khurana

An event of the Department of Philosophy & the Center for Post-Kantian Philosophy (University of Potsdam) in cooperation with the ICI Berlin, supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

How to Attend

  • At the venue (registration required): Registration will open on 5 Oct 2022.
  • Public livestream (no registration required) on this page with the possibility to ask questions via chat.

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ICI Berlin

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ICI BerlinChristinenstr. 18-19