Climate Change & the Humanities Theory Reading Group

In this group, we’ll look at some of the writers who have shaped the way we discuss climate change in the humanities today. We’ll discuss their arguments, contexts, and relevance to broader climate change conversations. All are welcome!

Please email Barbara Leckie (Barbara.leckie@carleton.ca) for location and copy of reading.

  January 2017

  • Martin Heidegger, “The Question Concerning Technology” [1953]. Basic Writings. Ed. David Farrell Krell. San Francisco: Harper, 1993. 311-41.
  • Chakrabarty, Dipesh. “The Climate of History: Four Theses.” Critical Inquiry 35 (Winter 2009): 197-222.
  • Morton, Timothy. “A Quake in Being: An Introduction to Hyperobjects.” Hyper Objects. Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World. Minneapolis: Univ. of Minneapolis Press, 2013.
  • Bruno Latour, “Agency at the Time of the Anthropocene.” New Literary History 45 (2014): 1-18
  • Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong. “On Hypo-Real Models or Global Climate Change: A Challenge for the Humanities.” Critical Inquiry 41.3 (Spring 2015): 675-703.
  • Donna Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Durham, N.C.: Duke UP, 2016. [selection to be determined]

(with thanks to Travis DeCook and BABEL for many of the reading suggestions)

Tuesday 12 December, 7:30pm

In our first meeting, we view together a short video by Richard Mosse and a longer lecture by Bruno Latour. The remaining hour will be dedicated to discussion. (There will be no reading.)

View Bruno Latour’s lecture, “On Sensitivity Arts, Science and Politics, in the New Climatic Regime” (45 mins): http://www.bruno-latour.fr/node/692

View Richard Mosse’s “artist’s statement” (14 mins): http://www.richardmosse.com/projects/artist-statement

Tuesday, 16 January, 7:30 pm 

Read Latour’s “First Lecture: On the Instability of the (notion of) Nature” (focus on pp. 7-28)

View Louis Helbig’s “Beautiful Destruction”: http://beautifuldestruction.ca/beautiful-destruction-gallery/

Tuesday, 13 February, 7:30 pm

Our next series of meetings will focus on essays from Anna Tsing et al.’s

Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet (https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/arts-of-living-on-a-damaged-planet)

Read “Introduction: Bodies Tumbled into Bodies”

Read “Introduction: Haunted Landscapes of the Anthropocene”

Tuesday, 27 March, 7:30 pm

Read Donna Haraway’s “Symbiogenesis, Sympoiesis, and Art Science Activisms for Staying with the Trouble”

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday 10 April, 7:30 pm

Readings / Viewings TBD