Thursday, Nov 3, 2016


Smoothing Out the Anthropocene


Thursday, Nov 3, 2016

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Sciame Auditorium (Room 107)
141 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031

Claire Colebrook headshot


6:30 p.m.
Sciame Auditorium (Room 107)
Introduction: Brad Horn, Director of M Arch Program

The concept of the Anthropocene presents a conundrum for the ways in which we theorize the ethics of space.  On the one hand, the concept offers the possibility of thinking human history in non-narrative terms that takes account of forces beyond human value and meaning.  On the other hand, the concept has been mobilized (especially in projects of geo-engineering) to intensify global inclusion and narrow any possibility for thinking beyond the frame of human survival.  Deploying Deleuze and Guattari's concepts of smooth and striated space this lecture charts a path between the openness and enclosure of the Anthropocene.

Claire Colebrook is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English at Penn State University.  Her most recent books are Death of the Posthuman and Sex After Life (both 2015, both Open Humanities Press).


All lectures are free, open to the public, and held at 6:30 pm in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture Sciame Auditorium. Continuing Education Credit for registered New York architects is available.

Lecture series sponsored by Sciame . . . Where Building Is an Art.

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