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Accepted Contribution:

Towards a relational ontology of multi‐species assemblages (ROMA)  
Thomas Reinhardt (LMU Munich) Tanja Kubes (FU Berlin)

Short abstract:

Drawing from neo-animistic and perspectivist approaches in anthropology and STS, we explore the potential of new ecologies of knowledge based on rhizomatic entanglements between humans and a world transcending the boundaries between species and material spheres.

Long abstract:

Machines equipped with artificial intelligence pose a huge challenge to traditional ontological differentiations between the spheres of the human and the non-human. Drawing mainly from neo-animistic and perspectivist approaches in anthropology and STS, we explore the potential of new ecologies of knowledge based on rhizomatic entanglements between humans and a world transcending the boundaries between species and material spheres.

We argue that intelligent robots meet virtually all criteria Western biology came up with to define ‘life’ and that it ultimately makes sense to recognize them as a new species that forms part of our social "Umwelt" (Uexküll) and with which meaningful relations and co-evolutionary developments are possible. Contrasting dualistic concepts of man and nature with a co-evolutionary, monistic approach that privileges assemblage over essence and ecology over taxonomy, we show that the seemingly strict boundaries between species and material spheres can no longer be sustained. Instead, we propose to include ‘matter’ and ideas into the sphere of the social as agents in their own right to form a relational ontology of multi-species assemblages (ROMA).

Combined Format Open Panel P380
Knowledges of ecology and ecologies of knowledge
  Session 1 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -