Dialectics of Meteors


French Natures

FRENCH NATURES – A conference-festival at New York University
October 26-27, 2018

What do French and Francophone literature, film, visual art, theater, and philosophy make of our planet? How can they help us understand our world marked by environmental catastrophe? Such are the questions at the heart of this conference-festival, organized by Frédérique Aït-Touati (CRAL [EHESS, CNRS]) and Phillip John Usher (NYU).

Full program and details here at: frenchnatures.org


The Unconstructable Earth

Frédéric Neyrat, The Unconstructable Earth: An Ecology of Separation (Meaning Systems) – October 2018

Translated by Drew S. Burk


The Anthropocene announces a post-natural planet that can be remade at will through the process of geoengineering. With it, a new kind of power, geopower, takes the entire Earth, in its social, biological, and geophysical dimensions, as an object of knowledge, intervention, and governmentality. This shift has been aided, wittingly or not, by theorists of the constructivist turn who have likewise called into question the divide between nature and culture and have thus found themselves helpless against the project to replace Earth with Earth 2.0.

Against both camps, this book confronts the unconstructable Earth, proposing an “ecology of separation” that acknowledges the wild, subtractive capacity of nature. Against technocratic delusion, but equally against a racially tinged organicism, Neyrat shows what it means to appreciate Earth as an unsubstitutable becoming that cannot be replicated in a laboratory and that always escapes the hubris of those who would remake and master it.

This book received a French Voice Award in 2018.

This is a book of great interest that addresses a topic of considerable concern among environmentalists in North America and Western Europe today—how to find a third way between ‘eco-modernism’ and an organic and holistic nature.- Ursula Heise, University of California, Los Angeles

An unflinching critique of geoengineering, this book offers hope in a sliver of uncolonized, unmapped, unconstructed space and time, amid the super-storms of ideology, the teleology of historicism, and the bad faith of political actors with vested interests. Planet earth is not an object or a subject, but a trajectory in time and space toward anti-production, entropy, perhaps extinction—cause for a new political ecology in the time of 400+ ppm of C02.- Karen Pinkus, author of Fuel: A Speculative Dictionary

A vitally important book that stakes out a new position in the environmental humanities.- Steven Shaviro, Wayne State University

Point Nemo


“L’apocalypse n’aura pas la forme que l’on pouvait attendre. Elle ne ressemblera pas à un événement surnaturel. Le miracle du partage des eaux est obstrué par le trafic d’un port ordinaire, un de ceux où on n’accueille pas les migrants sans doute, et cette obstruction prolifère : arrêts, accélérations, inversions, superpositions, démultiplications, l’image est saturée. D’une telle saturation peut naître la véritable image de l’apocalypse : non pas une décision divine, donc, mais une retombée, sur les humains, de ce qu’ils ont construit et de ce qu’ils ont cru substituer aux miracles : des satellites explosent et leur débris tombent sur nous, ils sont les étoiles qui retombent sur la Terre ; les étoiles, si l’on peut dire, que l’on mérite.”

– Bernard Aspe, Octobre 2018

“Um filósofo diante do decrescimento”

“Frédéric Neyrat é um filósofo que pensa a ecologia. Mais do que isso, é um decrescentista convicto. Também ele diz que não podemos continuar a viver como se o mundo fosse ilimitado. Tem escrito longamente sobre a Terra, dizendo que o homem moderno se foi progressivamente retirando de um sentido de pertença terrestre (o que significa que deixou de se considerar um habitante, o participante de um habitat) enquanto passava a reduzi-la a uma  «imagem-mundo», quer dizer, a uma projecção dos nossos fantasmas e desejos [Pdf].”

“O asteróide somos nós”

Interview in Publico, by António Guerreiro: “O asteróide somos nós”

“Frédéric Neyrat é um filósofo francês que ensina no Departamento de Literatura Comparada da Universidade de Wisconsin-Madison. Encontramos, com frequência, artigos seus publicados em duas das mais importantes revistas editadas em França, Multitudes Lignes, ambas com um forte pendor de intervenção política e uma vocação teórica e filosófica de análise crítica do presente.”

António Guerreiro: https://www.publico.pt/2018/08/08/culturaipsilon/entrevista/elementos-para-uma-nova-ecologia-politica-1840351

Pdf entrevista publico


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