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Global warming has already started to produce an "epileptic nature", how Yoann Moreau calls it, a climate producing unpredictable but certain catastrophic events on a higher frequency than in former times. How do we cope with this situation? In Moreau's understanding, climate change and cultural change are inseparably linked. But the way cultures deal with catastrophes differs significantly: For example, in western understanding, humans make history and therefore tend to interpret catastrophes as tragic interruptions of (their) history. Whereas in an animistic world view, catastrophic natural events are understood as being part of the same large force that animates and moves everything. Loosing the connection to this animistic force is considered to be a catastrophe. According to Moreau, there is a large potential of understanding and change in catastrophes. By touching fields from philosophy to anthropology to science fiction literature he shows and reflects on different modes to think and perceive of them.

expert

  • Yoann Moreau

date

21/11/2015

location

Musée de l’Homme, Paris

is an anthropologist, researcher at the EHESS (school of higher studies in social sciences), at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Contemporary Anthropology. Specialist in the fields of disasters, modes of objectification of knowledge and the study of environments (mesology), he did some field research in the Brazilian Amazon and Japan.

— 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

is an anthropologist, researcher at the EHESS (school of higher studies in social sciences), at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Contemporary Anthropology. Specialist in the fields of disasters, modes of objectification of knowledge and the study of environments (mesology), he did some field research in the Brazilian Amazon and Japan.

— 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

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