Anthropocene: A New History (Center for Humanities Monday Night Lecture Series)
Catherine Malabou, Kingston University London
Anthropocene: A New History
In this presentation, I intend to interrogate the notion of "Anthropocene" as a specific temporal determination situated at the boarder of nature and history. The Anthropocene is both a geological era and a historical moment. Clearly, such a phenomenon requires a new concept of history, in which nature plays a central role, and ceases to be the eternal recurrence of the identical to become a genuine source of events. A phenomenon like global warming can thus be anlayzed as a historical turn of nature. New notions like deep history, negative universal history, neurohistory, are currently be used by historians, theoreticians of environment, and evolutionary biologists. I will propose a philosophical approach to these new determinations.