Online Slow Reading Group: Down To Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime

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Join us in reading Bruno Latour's Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime.

Continuing our exploration of the multiple ecologies of the contemporary, the Slow Reading Group will be tackling Bruno Latour’s Down to Earth. Politics in the New Climatic Regime.

Down to Earth, originally published in French in 2017, the year after the election of Donald Trump, is one of Latour’s more explicitly political books. It explores politics in the context of ecological degradation on a planetary scale.

Before his recent and untimely death Bruno Latour had been known particularly for his work in the study of science and technology, being closely associated with Actor Network Theory. In the last decade of his life, he turned more directly to questions about ecology.

As with all our previous Slow Reading sessions, we will be reading Down To Earth together, out loud and slowly. No special expertise is needed to participate in these sessions other than an interest in contemporary ecological issues, reading with others, and a willingness to discuss ideas.

The Slow Reading Group is an informal space for collectively reading meaningful texts that open out the ideas and themes from our research-based events at Nottingham Contemporary and the Three Ecologies Research Group at the University of Nottingham. Informed by Félix Guattari’s notion of the Three Ecologies - the idea that our environmental crisis relates to our contemporary capitalism - and by theories of decolonisation and intersectionality, the reading group invites you to plot connections between these fields, combining academic and everyday approaches to research.

A PDF copy of the text will be sent to all participants before the event.

Online. Free. Limited Capacity. Booking required.

Sessions:

15 January 2024

19 February 2024

18 March 2024

15 April 2024

20 May 2024

Bruno Latour was a French philosopher and anthropologist. He is most famous for his work in the field of science and technology studies. He is also known for his work in the field of sociology of knowledge.

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