Oct 20, 2020
Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism
- 11:00 to 12:30
- Reading Group
- Dept. III
For this session we will read the following texts dedicated to the anthropology of outer space that will be briefly introduced by Gabriella Radulescu.
Provocation text: Helmreich, Stefan. "Foreword: A Wrinkle in Space." Environmental Humanities 9, no. 2 (2017): 300-308.
Complementary readings: The two entries "Cosmos" and "Interstellar," In Anthropocene Unseen: A Lexicon, Cymene Howe and Anand Pandian, eds. Punctum Books; Valerie Olson and Lisa Messeri, Beyond the Anthropocene: Un-Earthing an Epoch, Environment and Society, Vol. 6 (2015): 28-47; Julie Michelle Klinger, "Environmental Geopolitics and Outer Space," Geopolitics (March 20, 2019): 1–38.
Additionally, you are invited to explore the cinematic trilogy dedicated to the idea of Soviet cosmism by Anton Vidokle from the collective research project the Institute of the Cosmos, available to watch online under this link.
Contact and Registration
Everyone is welcome to join. For registration or any questions about the seminar please contact Marianna Szczygielska.
About This Series
“Troubling Epistemics and Postcolonialism” is a monthly reading seminar interrogating "postcolonial" as an analytic concept in the history of science. The goal is to understand the ethics and mechanisms of our own epistemic practices as they relate to politics and power. We aim to examine the ways that epistemology is both historically contingent and actively produced within the history of science with the goal of troubling our disciplinary positions. For each meeting we list and circulate
- a short ‘provocative text’ to carry the empirical element and to provoke us to go wider in attempting to attend to something that troubles. Everyone is expected to read that text
- two or three "theoretical" or descriptive papers that we feel might be useful in "attending to the trouble." These are optional readings. The idea is that everyone who attends the discussion will have read at least the short provocation paper and bring some "troubles" to the meeting