The expression « Anthropocene » hit the headlines when the chemist and Nobel Prize winner Paul Jozef Crutzen on 22 February 2000, during a meeting of the scientific committee of the International Geosphere Biosphere Program (IGBP), interrupted the interlocutors using for the first time this word, the only one capable of defining the impact that the human species is having on the environment and on the biosphere. From that moment an important debate appeared and it immediately went beyond the boundaries of the hard sciences to flow into different fields, from epistemology to anthropology, from philosophy to the sociology of science, passing through economics and politics: the definitions increase in number and the hypothesis of a Capitalocene (Jason W. Moore) or the more recent hypothesis of Chthulucene (Donna Haraway) has been born. Itis a concept – for some a change of paradigm in the Kuhnian sense, for others a topic or even a symptom – that works as a catalyst for a set of problems concerning the most ancient questions about the human (from the relationship with nature to that with technique); in a certain sense, they retrace the moments of the birth of modernity and its possible catastrophic outcome.
So, the concept of Anthropocene immediately presents itself as extremely nuanced: the possible implications are crucial – from the epistemological question of the unfinished project of modernity (the we have never been modern by Bruno Latour) to the problematic relationship between human being and animal in Michel Serres, from the anthropological and ethnographic rethinking of the relationship between human being and nature in Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and Philippe Descola to the reflection on the body (and in particular the female body) in Donna Haraway and Rosi Braidotti, from the the outdatedness of human beings to theirs hybridization with the machine (Günther Anders and Philip K. Dick).
The dossier of the n. 21/2019 of S&F_ intends to examine the expression « Anthropocene » as a concept that refers both to an insufficiency of human being as we know it faced with the crisis of the Modernity and its superabundance – an excess of intervention, in the sense of expropriation, exploitation and destruction of nature, Earth and the Other.
The deadline for sending abstracts is April 30, 2019. Full papers are expected by May 31, 2019.
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