Eros and Cosmocracy: Birthing a Holistic Ecology

An event in New York City, Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Heyman Center for the Humanities, East Campus, 2nd Floor Common Room

“Environmentalist discourse about the fate of the planet too often proceeds binaristically: science or metaphysics; anthropocentric or anti-human; progress or apocalypse. This symposium seeks to theorize and offer fresh approaches that question existing paradigms of ‘flat’ ecology, which is too strongly based on econometric, scientistic, phallocratic materialism.
A holistic ecology questions the contestatory perspective of scarcity-based models and reconnects mind, spirit and body; human, non-human and technological worlds; ethics, politics, science and religion.”

Speakers include: David Rothenberg, “Animal Beauty: Art, Science, and Evolution”; Rhonda Roland Shearer, “Misrepresenting Other Places: Jared Diamond, New Guinea Tribes and the Harm of Scholarly Irresponsibility”; David Abram, “On Language and the Ecology of Sensory Experience”; Irene Diamond, “Governing Within an Evolving Earth”; Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, respondent; Andrew Revkin, respondent (tentative); and Jonathan Schorsch, moderator.