Lecture with Nikolaj Schultz | "Becoming sensible": examining our relationship with other living beings and ourselves in the wake of the climate crisis

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:spiral_calendar: About this event
Join us http://holi.social and our special guest and author, Nikolaj Schultz as he explores what role could reshaping our relationship with other living beings and ourselves may play in getting unstuck in addressing the climate crisis. After his lecture, you’ll have a chance to discuss key topics and questions brought by Nikolaj in small groups.

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In the wake of the Anthropocene*, there has been an important shift of focus towards the non-human beings that humans co-exist with and whom their livelihoods depend on, primarily in human and social sciences. This turn has been crucial in re-distributing agencies towards nonhumans, and in restoring a sensibility for other living beings and humans.

​However, in this talk Schultz argues that getting closer to non-humans is not the only analytical strategy we need if we wish to face our crisis of sensibilities. Instead, based on his book ‚Land Sickness‘, Schultz argues that we also need descriptions of how the existential conditions of the human being has transformed in the Anthropocene, how the human has transformed into another kind of being, one leaving behind a set of destructive traces that is slowly but certainly destroying its own species’ conditions of subsistence.

​*the most recent period in Earth’s history when human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystems

​📌 Agenda:
17:00 Welcome
17:10 Presentation by Nikolaj Shultz
17:40 Small Group Discussion + Q&A
18:30 Event ends

The language of the event is English.

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​🎤 About our speaker
In recent years, Danish sociologist Nikolaj Schultz (1990-), PhD Fellow at Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, has emerged as an influential voice in social theory and ecological thinking. His work has been praised by scholars such as Dipesh Chakrabarty, Clive Hamilton and Slavoj Zizek, it has inspired artists and curators such as Fontaines D.C., George Rouy and Hans Ulrich Obrist, and in a recent profile, German daily Die Zeit called Schultz a “The Coming Star of Sociology”. Schultz was a close collaborator of late French philosopher Bruno Latour (1947-2022) in the years before his passing. In 2022, Schultz and Latour co-authored On the Emergence of an Ecological Class. A Memo (Polity Books, 2023), a short text on how to construct from below a strong political subject ready to fight for the habitability of the planet in the wake of global climate change. A year after its publication, the book was translated in more than a dozen languages and quickly became a point of inspiration for political actors such as the Green Party in France (EELV) and the German Climate Movement. Later the same year, Schultz published Land Sickness (Polity Books, 2023), currently translated into seven languages, a hybrid text that he calls an “auto-etnografictive essay” on the sociological and existential questions that the Anthropocene force us to pose.