Jun 24, 2020
POSTPONED: Democracy or Mediarchy? Agential Cuts and Mattering in the Collapsing Anthropocene
- Yves Citton
This event has been postponed until further notice due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Please check here for further updates.
This talk will suggest that understanding “the power of the media” requires not only to make a Spinozist distinction between potestas and potentia in our conception of power, but also to place at the core of media studies the concept of “agential cut” drawn from Karen Barad’s ecofeminist philosophy. Our “democracies” would be better understood as “mediarchies” once we take into account the processes of “mattering” that fold matter upon meaning within our ever more intensely medialized societies. This insight may be particularly relevant in our late phase of the Anthropocene, when matter and meaning collapse together under our feet and over our heads.
Yves Citton is professor in Literature and Media at the Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint Denis and director of the EUR ArTeC. He is co-editor of the journal Multitudes, and recently published Mediarchy (Polity Press, 2019), Contre-courants politiques (Fayard, 2018), The Ecology of Attention (Polity Press, 2016). His latest book, Générations collapsonautes (Seuil, 2020), has been written in collaboration with Jacopo Rasmi.