CFP: Geographies of the Anthropocene-in-crisis: Twilight of humanity or Accelerando?
Richard Ek (Lund University)
Heidi Nast (DePaul University)
Alex Papadopoulos (DePaul University)
Mekonnen Tesfahuney (University of Karlstad)
The Anthropocene is represented as either the twilight of the human race or the launch-point of the techno-optimist “Accelerando”—the “speeding up” of development where humans (and post-humans and their machines) complete the geophysical transformation of the planet and cast their eyes to the Solar system. We interrogate the inequality and re-valuation of values human ingenuity and machination have brought forth under advanced capitalism. The increased fascination in popular culture with figures like the zombie, the vampire, the robot, or the computing singularity, might have to do with the fact that “we” are becoming more aware that capitalism does not need the human to secure its profit-seeking ends. Is it that the machine is making the human increasingly redundant—and not only in the workplace—while market relations are alienating humans from one another and creating conditions of planetary annihilation? Are aspects of social and environmental dystopias visioned in apocalyptic novels now materializing to make our lives dismal and dolorous?
anthropocene and biopolitics (and necropolitics)
global population decline and capitalist accumulation strategies
the wasting of the human and the non-human
the commodification of human relations and the transformation of kinship, love, and the family
the trans-humanist and post-humanist re-imagining and re-toolings of human (and animal) bodies
the transformation of the life of work and industrial processes by the emergence of robotized production, maker-movement ‘fab-labs’, and cyborgic workers (per Ramez Naam’s idea of “wired or fired”)
the transformation of cities in the era of information network integration, ubiquitous surveillance and policing
the uncertain futures that climate change represents for human and non-human.
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