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Moderation: António Guerreiro
Frédéric Neyrat is a French philosopher who has research work in the area of environmental and planetary humanities. In this conference, he interprets the current proliferation of conspiracy theories like the ill expression of an unsatisfied desire for communication. A ecting everything, this dissatisfaction can be explained as follows: the communication machine-to-machine anticipates, formats, and thus impoverishes the possibilities of human dialog. It’s time to reappropriate the capacity to communicate, that is, the ability to imagine not only the world we want, but even more, the means of refusing the world we do not want. Hermes, the god of communication, must become our ally again – and no longer merely the obscure emissary of social networks.
16 FEB 2023
*with ticket pickup 30 min. before the session starts (subject to room capacity).
Biography Frédéric Neyrat
Professor in the English department of UW-Madison (USA), Frédéric Neyrat is a French philosopher with an expertise in environmental humanities, contemporary theory, and media culture. He is editor of the electronic platform Alienocene that charts the bourgeoning field of Planetary humanities, and a member of the editorial board of the journals Lignes and Multitudes. Recently, he published The Unconstructable Earth: An Ecology of separation (Fordham, 2018), Literature and Materialisms (Routledge, 2020), L’Ange Noir de l’Histoire: Cosmos et Technique de l’Afrofuturisme (MF, 2021), and Le Cosmos de Walter Benjamin: Un Communisme du Lointain (Kimé, 2022). His books and articles offer a “new existentialism” regenerating the place of the outside that contemporary theory underestimates. Website: Atopies.