Intimate government and anthropocene

Stephane Dartiailh (RAIL - Enssib / IXXI)
Rachel Innes (University of Canterbury)
Ligertwood 113
Start time:
13 December, 2017 at 13:30
Session slots:

Short abstract:

This panel will explore the possibilities of using the concept of intimate state to understand the role of politics of sentiments in the development of states ecological governance following the Paris climate agreement.

Long abstract:

The Anthropocene is the scientific label given by earth scientists to the current epoch of unprecedented anthropogenic planetary change. The Anthropocene is also a political label designed to call attention to this change and evolving notions of agency and responsibility in contemporary life. This panel would like to explore the relationships between subjectivity and government in this boundary event, and the possibility of 'topologies of power' (Collier, 2009) in this spatio-temporal architecture in movement. We would like to consider the specific modes of action and the epistemic politics of an intimate government (Agarwal, 2005). The propositions can explore the differential inclusions (Mezzadra and Neilson, 2012) and the tangles at different levels (body, state, etc.) of the subjects' sensitivities, the different imaginaries on these changes and their relations with ecological policies. We propose to take the plural spherology of the philosopher Peter Sloterdijk as a starting point for a socio-topological approach to these issues. Rather than advocating for the creation of a new subfield of research, these modes of description offer a topological framework for the critical examination of social anthropology's engagement and ideologies that influence the future plans and actions at different scales.