Pre-recorded Keynote Address & Live Q & A with Amitav Ghosh

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Climate Sensing and Data Storytelling Convening
Keynote Address

Beyond the End of the World: Human and Non-Human After the Collapse of ‘Civilization’

The idea of the ‘human’, as a unitary species, dates back to the founding years of the very structures of modernity that can now be seen to be hurtling towards collapse. As this process intensifies it may bring about a fundamental reconsideration of modern ideas regarding which entities possess such attributes as agency, speech, reason, and so on. If so what kinds of narratives and knowledge traditions can we turn to for guidance about what might lie ahead? This talk explores some possibilities.

This talk is co-sponsored by The Wolf Humanities Center
It will be available to registered participants beginning May 6. The live q&a session will take place via Zoom -- register to receive login details.

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. He is the author of two books of nonfiction, a collection of essays, and eight novels. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages and he has served on the jury of the Locarno and Venice Film Festivals. In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest honors, by the President of India. His books have won prizes in India, Europe, and Myanmar, and he has been awarded honorary degrees by the Sorbonne, Paris and by Queens College, New York. He divides his time between Brooklyn, Goa, and Kolkata.