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Ecopolis 2022

Multiple (hi)stories, Multiple futures

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Multiple (hi)stories, Multiple futures
Multiple (hi)stories, Multiple futures
Sat 15.10.22

Social, ecological and economic crises force us to think about a radically different way of living. "The world is not about to end; we are already living with a different world," writes philosopher Bayo Akomolafe, speaker at the eighth edition of Ecopolis where artists, thinkers and doers break open our frames. This year, Ecopolis brings stories that depict an inclusive and sustainable future for this new world.

Marisol de la Cadena & Isabelle Stengers

How Large is a Person?

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How Large is a Person?
How Large is a Person?
Tue 14.12.21

During this evening, we will explore how human personhood has been constructed, and how it can be decentered and made to expand into different ways of seeing and being. The rational, universal individual has violently suppressed mutable persons existing at the intersection of multiple beings, as well as collective and interspecies ways of building knowledge that persist in the sciences, though often unrecognized. Underneath the steamroller of modernity, we will discover many possibilities for a more convivial future.

Ecopolis 2021

Dare to Care

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Dare to Care
Dare to Care
Sun 24.10.21

The global Covid crisis brought healthcare into the spotlight. But care extends beyond the strictly medical: it includes everything we do to preserve and restore the world. Can care be a new starting point, based on connectedness and generosity? Can care, as an emancipatory principle, underpin politics and economics? Ecopolis 2021 makes room for these questions, and many more, during a day of lectures, conversations, workshops, literature and performance.

Gosie Vervloessem invites

Radical Botany – tendrilesque writing

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Radical Botany – tendrilesque writing
Radical Botany – tendrilesque writing
Tue 19.10.21

During this evening we will focus on tendrilesque writing. What happens to human speech if vines enter our flesh, roots crawl through our veins, and we turn into hybrid plant monsters? What happens if we let plants speak through us and what kind of new language, new bits of knowledge and new worlds can emerge from there? We will explore these topics while focusing on the status of women, and their relation to plants, as presented in works of fiction in which the distinction between women and plants becomes blurry.

Voices of the Dunes + roundtable discussion

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Voices of the Dunes + roundtable discussion
Voices of the Dunes + roundtable discussion
Wed 20.01.21

A Series of More-Than-Human Encounters. We are inviting researchers, activists and artists in a three-day-programme to explore the meaning and potential of justice in a multi-species post-imperialist world. Should we confer fundamental rights to animals and natural formations – such as lakes, the seas, rainforests and the soil? How are the worldwide decolonial struggles related to the global and local struggles for the live, safety and autonomy of non-human animals?

Maneesha Deckha

Animals as Legal Beings: Contesting Anthropocentric Legal Orders

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Animals as Legal Beings: Contesting Anthropocentric Legal Orders
Animals as Legal Beings: Contesting Anthropocentric Legal Orders
Wed 06.01.21

In this talk, Maneesha Deckha calls for a non-anthropocentric reorientation for Canadian law and other Western legal orders, by criticizing their treatment of animals as property, but also finding fault with personhood as an appropriate animal-friendly replacement.

Ecopolis 2020

AGAIN(ST) NATURE

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AGAIN(ST) NATURE
AGAIN(ST) NATURE
Sun 18.10.20

The year is 2020. From Australia to the Campine, nature is on fire. There is rapid deforestation, constant building projects, and millions of species of plants and animals are under imminent threat of extinction. How long can we continue to saw off the branch on which we sit? For this sixth edition, Ecopolis is again inviting a broad range of writers, academic experts and thinkers from civil society.

Zhao Tingyang

on Tianxia

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on Tianxia
on Tianxia
Tue 09.06.20

Please note: this talk is cancelled to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

Under the title Hyperpresent, five contemporary thinkers will give a talk on a new idea that they introduced themselves. Afterwards, they will engage in a conversation with philosopher Laurent De Sutter – who curated this series.Zhao Tingyang is a philosopher and researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing. His work, at the crossroads of meta-philosophy, ethics and political theory, aims to update the Confucian heritage for the present.

Boris Groys

on Antiphilosophy

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on Antiphilosophy
on Antiphilosophy
Thu 28.05.20

Please note: this talk has been cancelled to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus. 

 

Under the title Hyperpresent, five contemporary thinkers will give a talk on a new idea that they introduced themselves. Afterwards, they will engage in a conversation with philosopher Laurent De Sutter – who curated this series. Boris Groys is an art critic, media theorist and philosopher. He is professor at New York University. His work is dedicated to the exploration of the link between socialism, modernism, contemporary art and media and technology.

Graham Harman

on Immaterialism

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on Immaterialism
on Immaterialism
Mon 23.03.20

Warning: this talk is cancelled to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

Under the title Hyperpresent, five contemporary thinkers will give a talk on a new idea that they introduced themselves. Afterwards, they will engage in a conversation with philosopher Laurent De Sutter – who curated this series. Graham Harman is professor of philosophy at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. His work on the metaphysics of object led to the development of Object-Oriented Ontology. He is a central figure in the Speculative Realism movement in contemporary philosophy.

 

Rosi Braidotti

on Posthumanism

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on Posthumanism
on Posthumanism
Tue 03.03.20

Under the title Hyperpresent, five contemporary thinkers will give a talk on a new idea that they introduced themselves. Afterwards, they will engage in a conversation with philosopher Laurent De Sutter – who curated this series. Rosi Braidotti is a philosopher and feminist theorist. Her work explores the transformation of the subjective induced by the technical and political shifts of the present.

Ecopolis 2019

#GenerationHope

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#GenerationHope
#GenerationHope
Sun 10.11.19

The massive protest of young people against the climate impasse holds up a mirror to politicians and has catapulted the climate crisis to the centre of our social debate. Ecopolis 2019 is an edition for but especially with #GenerationHope. Theatre makers Anoek Nuyens and Rebekka De Wit start the day with two monologues: one for the government, one for the citizen.

Keller Easterling

On Extrastatecraft

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On Extrastatecraft
On Extrastatecraft
Mon 14.10.19

Under the title Hyperpresent, five contemporary thinkers will give a talk on a new idea that they introduced themselves. Afterwards, they will engage in a conversation with philosopher Laurent De Sutter – who curated this series. American architect, urbanist, writer, and professor at Yale University Keller Easterling will talk this evening about the Extrastatecraft.