STS Colloquium Titled "The Child, the Planet, and the Queer Matter of the Future"

 

STS Colloquium Titled "The Child, the Planet, and the Queer Matter of the Future"

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October 26, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Speaker Rebekah Sheldon, Assistant Professor of English, Indiana University-Bloomington, will give a colloquium talk titled "The Child, the Planet, and the Queer Matter of the Future." The talk reviews instances of the figure of the child in environmental discourse to demonstrate and trouble the causal relations it enables. Popular depictions of environmental crisis create a feeling that imminent catastrophe is at once inevitable and preventable. This paradox is given form by the figure of the child, whose association with the future pervades everything from pop music to presidential speeches: the child is both the representative of hope for the future, and the subject most under threat by it. The child becomes the sentimental figure for the human--and for the future of humanity--as such. In this talk, drawn from the forthcoming book The Child to Come: Life After the Human Catastrophe (University of Minnesota Press), Sheldon argues that this figuration obscures precisely what is most important in discourses of crisis and catastrophe: the agency and vitality of nonhuman forces.

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