Can ecology become the central cleavage around which politics is organized?

2022-04-26

Do you believe it is too late to tackle climate change?

If you read the news, you came accross the latest IPCC report, and know that the dire state of ecological concerns continues to worsen, even as political mobilization of ecology remains marginal. It is this concerning fact that Bruno Latour, anthropologist, scientific philosopher, and professor emeritus at Sciences Po, centers in his boundary pushing work. Latour, founder of Sciences Po médialab is no stranger to innovation. In the last two decades, he has become widely recognized as one of the most inventive and influential of contemporary philosophers. His engagement on these issues of climate intersect and meld disciplines of philosophy, science, theater, art and politics, putting his weight behind his argument that it is untenable to talk about scientific facts as though their rightness alone will be persuasive. Climatologists, Bruno says, must recognize they have always been political actors, and have never been engaged in some objective, science. Last month Sciences Po received Bruno and Nikolaj Schultz for the conference (Re)defining Class (FR and ENG) on their new book, Mémo sur la Nouvelle Classe Écologique, which advocates ecology as a politically organizing force in order to establish a new geo-social class capable of enacting, and mobilizing others to enact, concrete social change.

The urgency of this work is paramount. Latour tells us, “It is no longer a question of ecology, but of civilization,” this is the reason that Sciences Po is engaged in a first of its kind Initiative for fundamental research in political ecology. We are seeking funding to actualize research at the cutting edge of the fundamental aspects of political ecology. The primary and central goal of this research initiative is to secure a powerful long-term focus on the theme encompassing topics informed by Latour’s ideas such as cities coping with climate stress, geopolitics and climate, environmental justice and inequality, the new role of living things, and agriculture and production. We are looking for Alumni to get involved in establishing this research institution, through funding and sharing this important project with those individuals who would be interested in realizing such an undertaking. 

You can find more information on the Initiative for fundamental research in political ecology and on Bruno Latour at this link

Do you want to get involved? Do you want to know more? We are organizing on Tuesday April 26, 2022 at 12:00 PM noon ET (9:00 AM PT; 6:00 PM CET) an online meeting to let you know more about this initiative and answer your questions. Please RSVP to take action!  And do not hesitate to spread the word. Now is the time for ecology to become the central cleavage around which politics is organized.

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