This course wil be taught on-line
The “Political Ecologies” seminar will introduce the students to legal, environmental, and cultural forms of ecological thought, helping them to understand the historicity and materiality of the current age, marked by climate change and the irruption of viruses and artificial intelligence in the social science and humanities. The course aims to be an introduction to the most central issues for contemporary philosophy, art, and social sciences through a specifically ecological perspective. The students are asked to reflect, elaborate, create and possibly present their work and hypotheses on the contemporary age, and they will gain valuable knowledge in the fields of philosophy, ecology, media, and environmental politics.
Class 1 – Introduction to Political Ecologies
This class will introduce the students to the field of Political Ecologies. This perspective differs from environmentalism by politicizing environmental issues and phenomena.
Class 2. – Climate Change and Geopolitics
This class will introduce the students to climate change, providing newly relevant resources to the study of climate breakdown through the work of philosophers, artists, and visual-cultural producers to expand our understandings of climate transformation’s visuality and aesthetic modalities.
Class 3 – Philosophy and Arts after the Anthropocene
This class will introduce the students to the emergence of a new era called “Anthropocene”, which refers to the effect of human activities on the earth’s biosphere: global warming, deforestation, soil pollution, and its impact on philosophy and arts. Anthropocene is the also space of a new promiscuity of all reigns and spheres in a political and aesthetic space where boundaries collapsed, inaugurating a new imaginary for philosophers and artists.
Class 4 – Geo-Aesthetics and Social Sciences
This class is an introduction to some of the most relevant contemporary aesthetics, showing how artist and activist practices have played a crucial role in transforming social sciences and made immediate the global perception of climate change-related risks and vulnerabilities, expanding our ecological imagination and perception.
Class 5 – Decolonizing Ecology. Conclusive remarks
This conclusive class will introduces the students to different ecological epistemologies beyond the Eurocentric colonial paradigms that dominate our scientific and philosophical narrative. The students will be also invited to present their own remarks, comments, works, papers, artworks, research projects on the issues explored during the course.
- Povinelli, Elisabeth, 2016. Geontologies: A requiem to late liberalism. Durham: Duke University Press.
- Boetzkes, Amanda. 2019. Plastic Capitalism. Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Latour, Bruno, 2018. Down To Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.
- Mirzoeff, Nicholas, 2018. “It’s not the Anthropocene, it’s the White Supremacy Scene; or, the Geological Color Line.” In After Extinction, ed. Richard Grusin, 123-149. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
- Morton, Timothy, 2013. Hyperobjects : Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World, University of Minnesota Press.
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Giovanbattista Tusa is currently Researcher in Philosophy and Ecology at the Nova Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA) at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. His latest work, De la Fin, co-authored with Alain Badiou, has been published in France in 2017 and then translated with new original essays in English (The End, Polity Press, 2019), Portuguese (Do Fim, Cultura e Barbárie, 2020), and Spanish (Acerca del fin, Tinta Limon Ediciones, 2019). He worked as an editor and translator from French and English for the Italian edition of L’equivalence des catastrophes and Exclu le juif en nous by Jean Luc-Nancy, Á la recherche du réel perdu, by Alain Badiou, Be my body for me. Domination and Servitude in Hegel by Catherine Malabou and Judith Butler, and Edward Said’s Freud and the Non-European. His interdisciplinary research focuses on philosophy, radical politics, cinema, ecology, contemporary arts, media theory, and animal studies.