The Trouble with Anthropocene Discourse and the Planetary-Scale

On 5 November at 20:00, Hanna E. Morris will give a lecture titled The Trouble with Anthropocene Discourse and the Planetary-Scale as part of the Urgency Intensive symposium held by the Jan van Eyck Academie. 

The notable rise in authority of the Anthropocene as a keyword in vogue across elite European, North American, and Australian cultural institutions merits focused review. A strange fascination with the extent and reach of human power percolates across texts and images of the Anthropocene. Differences across and within groups of people are neutralized via our collective force as a universalized we in a new epoch characterized by the extensive power of humanity on a planetary-scale. Despite the rapid take-off, prominence, and potentially problematic production of the Anthropocene keyword, many artists, activists, and scholars have either uncritically embraced its proliferation or totally sidestepped its study. In this talk, Hanna E. Morris will discuss the rise of an emergent Anthropocene discourse and offer a critical pause regarding the conceptual contours and embedded logics of the planetary-scale.

Hanna E. Morris
is a Ph.D Candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania where she researches media, culture, and climate change. She is an Appointed Member on the Board of Directors for the International Environmental Communication Association. Hanna’s work is broadly concerned with the relationship between environmental discourse, visualities, knowledge, and power. Her current research is principally motivated by a critical concern regarding the planetary-scale policy proposals emergent from Anthropocene visualities/discourse.


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