The Darkest Secret: Hades as Planetary Waste (Departmental Seminar)
Prof. Nicolas de Warren
4:30pm-6:30pm HK Time
Room 220, Fung King Hey Building with synchronous online broadcasting on Zoom
Joining the Seminar face-to-face:
Limited seats for face-to-face seminar. Registrations will be handled on a first come, first served basis.
Register by 23 November 2023: https://cloud.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/webform/view.php?id=13678398
Joining the Seminar online:
No registration is required.
Meeting ID: 938 0232 7333
Tel: 3943 7135
The vast production of waste and garbage on a global scale is the shameful secret of our contemporary civilization, what preferably we all seek to keep “in the dark,” when throwing trash away unthinkingly during our daily lives. And yet, the trash we leave behind in the form of plastics, chemicals, and other “epic waste,” with a longevity exceeding tens of thousands of years, will come to define who are as a species. In the age of the Anthropocene, we have become homo detritus. The paradox of the Age of the Anthropocene, as I shall examine his this talk, is that while modernity has forgone the idea of immortality, our contemporary world is materially dependent on the social and technological production of “immortality,” not, however, as Classically envisioned, in terms of “great memorable deeds and actions,” “enduring scientific discoveries,” or “universal values,” but through the production of “epic waste” (plastics, nuclear waste, etc.). What kind of cultural artefact is waste and garbage? How does the production of “epic waste” reconfigure the relation between time and eternity? How does this focus on waste in the Anthropocene challenge attempts to re-think “the ethical” in view of an imperative towards the future, the future of all futures?
Delivered in English.
All are welcome.