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Bruno Latour and a member of the Canadian activist theatre group "Fight with a Stick" exchange views on our relationships with nature, Earth, indigenous people. Latour talks about his theatre piece on Gaia, and about a pre-enactment of the World Climate Conference COP 21 entitled "Make it work" he initiated at the théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers near Paris in the summer 2015. His Canadian conversation partner summarizes the works of his own theatre group on territorial politics, settler colonialism, the idea of nature and related topics. Reference point for all their reflections is Latour's excitement about the fact that pope Francis in his encyclical on human-nature relations and environmental politics, "Laudate si", referred to nature as "Our Sister". A mother, Latour argues, you want to leave behind as soon as you are grown up, you want to emancipate from. On the other hand, siblings have a much more lasting relationship, mutual bonds that they carry all their lives. Regarding Earth as a sister makes the shift work in both directions (which is, as Latour points out, very typical of anthropocene thinking): humans anthropomorph "Sister Earth", but the Earth also de-anthropomorphs the humans and their understanding of themselves.

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  • Bruno Latour

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21/11/2015

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Musée de l’Homme, Paris

is a sociologist, philosopher and anthropologist, director of the Science Po medialab and responsible for the program "Expérimentation en Arts Politiques" (SPEAP). His current publication Face à Gaia. Huit conférences sur le nouveau régime climatique has just been published at La Découverte.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: Personal website

is a sociologist, philosopher and anthropologist, director of the Science Po medialab and responsible for the program "Expérimentation en Arts Politiques" (SPEAP). His current publication Face à Gaia. Huit conférences sur le nouveau régime climatique has just been published at La Découverte.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human
More information: Personal website

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