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.

By Sacha Kagan

Research Associate at the ISCO - Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization (ISKO - Institut für Soziologie und Kulturorganisation), Leuphana University Lueneburg, Sacha Kagan founded the International level of Cultura21, Network for Cultures of Sustainability, as well as the International Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in Social Transformation (ASSiST). The focus of his research and cultural work lies in the trans-disciplinary field of arts and (un-)sustainability. Doctor in Philosophy (Leuphana University Lueneburg) with a thesis on the subject of culture, the arts and sustainability under the perspective of complexity ; M.A. in Cultural Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam) ; and Graduate of Sciences Po Bordeaux (political sciences). For Cultura21, Sacha is also coordinating the eBooks series, the regular updates on our multi-lingual website, the English section of our webmagazine and the work of our Lueneburg-based interns.