Stranging the Anthropocene: Refraction

April 23rd, 2016

How can we transcend the nature‒culture dichotomy? Making the case for a critical re-evaluation of romantic theory and practice.

One of the underlying problems of the Anthropocene and the technosphere as heuristic constructions is the division of nature and culture. In the past, this division has led to an exploitative logic and regimented hierarchies whose foundational episteme has revealed itself to be inadequate to current global states of human and non- or extra-human coexistence. The idea behind our contribution to the seminar of “Romancing the Anthropocene” tackles exactly this problem by bringing into question the ways in which humanity has and does see, hear, inhabit, and conceptualize itself and its environment.