Past Event

Emanuele Coccia - Loving the Planet: How to Turn Ecology into Planetary Erotics

September 28, 2022
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Heyman Center (Second Floor Common Room), Columbia University, New York

Event Description

Contemporary ecological discourse and science oscillate between the affirmation of a love that would occur spontaneously among living beings and the prescription of a compulsory love accompanied by a spirit of repentance. By its own confession, the problem of ecology is an erotic problem: we fail to love the planet. We have not been educated or accustomed to thinking of love as something that can affect individuals belonging to different species or kingdoms: and as we see in fairy tales, we are ready to love a frog only if it turns into a prince. This talk will ask what it means to think about nature as if the relationships that bind species are (as complicated as) love relationships and if we can understand what love is, in its original and paradigmatic form as that which always binds us to individuals of other species.

Event Speaker

Emanuele Coccia, Associate Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required. For more information, please visit the event webpage or email [email protected]. Please visit the Heyman’s Center website for directions.

Hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.