2013, Sat, Jan 12

Is the Anthropocene… Legal?

Christina von Braun and Paulo Tavares

Dialogue between Christina von Braun (Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin) and Paulo Tavares (Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths University, London). Introduction: Cecilia Watson (Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin)

Undoubtedly political in its scope, the notion of the Anthropocene raises a number of practical concerns related to law, jurisprudence, “natural” bias, and the articulation of rights. Who will manage an Anthropocenic world, politicians or innovators? In terms of modern legal systems’ reliance on divisions between subjects and objects, it seems pressing to take into account the necessary jurisprudential transformations and alterations in conflicts between humans and non-humans. How will nature “make its case”?

Christina von Braun (Berlin) is an author and filmmaker, professor of cultural theory at Humboldt-Universität, Berlin and academic director of the Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg. Her research focuses on gender, religion, and modernity, media, secularization and the history of anti-Semitism. She has published about fifty documentaries and television plays on cultural history and has written widely on the interrelationship between the history of mind and the history of the body. Her most recent book is "Der Preis des Geldes" (2012).

Paulo Tavares (Quito/London) is architect and urbanist, graduated in Brazil and teaches at Goldsmiths, where he is also completing a PhD. His work is chiefly concerned with spatial politics, ecology and media. Recent projects deal with the relations between environmental violence and law in the case of the internal armed conflict in Guatemala and the colonization of the Amazon during the military dictatorship in Brazil. He also teaches in the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Artes at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ecuador.

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