July 1, 2017

Lectures & Talks

June 2017 ‘Filling the volume: towards a grammar of aerial motion’, paper presented in the session ‘Conceptualising aero-material assemblages of the vertical gaze’, at The Grammar of Things, 20th conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, Darmstadt, Germany, 14-17 June.

June 2017 ‘Technology as a planetary phenomenon’, paper presented in the special track ‘A New Planetary Orientation for Philosophy of Technology in the Anthropocene?’ at The Grammar of Things, 20th conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, Darmstadt, Germany, 14-17 June.

June 2017 ‘Planetary spirit’, multi-media plenary presentation at the conference A Non-secular Anthropocene: Spirits, Specters and Other Nonhumans in a Time of Environmental Change, Copenhagen, 8-10 June.

November 2016 invited talk given at workshop Aerocene Campus, Royal College of Art, London, 26 November.

September 2016 ‘Elemental alterity: finding a place for the other in a continuous-matter ontology’, paper presented at the workshop Environmental Alterities, University of Amsterdam, 15 September.

July 2016 ‘Geo-spiritual formations and the low spirits of planetary flow’, paper presented to the seminar Extraction/Exhaustion, organised by University of Exeter, Lancaster University and British Geological Survey, Penryn, 22-23 July.

July 2016 ‘The shape of the air’, paper presented to the symposium The Materiality of Nothing, LICA , Lancaster University, 14 July.

May 2016 ‘Climate change and the combined and uneven “geo-spiritual formation” of the Anthropocene’, paper presented to the Royal Anthropological Institute conference Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change, British Museum, London, 27-29 May.

April 2016 ‘The Anthropocene monument: on relating geological and human time’, paper presented to the Rachel Carson Centre seminar, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, 27 April.

April 2016 ‘The Dust Séance’, multi-media performance with Sasha Engelmann and Tomás Saraceno, Technosphere × Knowledge, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 13 April. View here.

March 2016 ‘The dwelling of air: making and launching solar balloons’, paper presented at Art History and Visual Culture Research Seminar, University of Exeter, 23 March.

March 2016 ‘Planetary mobilities: movement, memory and emergence in the body of the Earth’, paper presented to departmental seminar, Department of Geography, University of Exeter, 17 March.

December 2015 ‘Up’, plenary paper presented to the symposium Aerocene, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 6 December.

December 2015 ‘Topologies of the Public: Science, Engagement and Political Subjectivity’, paper presented to the conference Participating in Innovation, Innovating in Participation, Mines ParisTech, Paris, 3-4 December (with Linda Soneryd).

November 2015 ‘Gods of the Anthropocene: human and inhuman agencies in the Earth’s new epoch’, paper presented at the symposium Unexpected Encounters with Deep Time: Enchantment, University of Edinburgh, 25-26 November.

November 2015 ‘An elemental dwelling: the solar balloon and attuning to the powers of air’, plenary paper presented to the conference The Ethics of Hope? Posthumanism, Life, and Climate Change, LaTrobe University, Melbourne, 25-26 November (with Sasha Engelmann).

November 2015 ‘Acting ahead of the future’, paper presented at First International Conference on Anticipation, Trento, Italy, 5-7 November.

October 2015 ‘Gods of the Anthropocene: human and inhuman agencies in the Earth’s new epoch’, plenary paper presented to the conference Repositioning the Social at the Heart of the Anthropocene: A Transdisciplinary Dialogue, University of Kent, Canterbury, 30 October – 1 November.

September 2015 ‘Out of the Metazoic? Animals as a transitional form in planetary evolution’, plenary presentation presented at the conference Animals in the Anthropocene: Human–Animal Relations in a Changing Semiosphere, University of Stavanger, 17–19 September.

May 2015 ‘Gods of the Anthropocene’, plenary presentation, and ‘The Martian Book of the Dead’, plenary multi-media performance, at the conference Religion in the Anthropocene: Challenges, Idolatries, Transformations, Munich, 14–17 May.

December 2014 ‘The Martian Book of the Dead’, plenary multi-media performance at the symposium Im/mortality and In/finitude in the Anthropocene: Perspectives from the Environmental Humanities, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, 2-4 December. (international, abroad, invited)

November 2014 ‘Life in the open air’ (with Sasha Engelmann), paper presented to the symposium Feeling the Anthropocene, University of Edinburgh, 28 November. (international, invited)

November 2014 ‘Commission on Planetary Ages Decision CC87966424/49: The Onomatophore of the Anthropocene’, multi-media performance, University of Edinburgh, 27 November.

October 2014 ‘Liberation into matter’, plenary multi-media performance at A Matter Theatre, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 16-18 October 2014. (international, abroad, invited)

October 2014 public conversation with Tomás Saraceno and Molly Nesbit, at A Matter Theatre, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 16-18 October 2014. (international, abroad, invited)

October 2014 ‘Commission on Planetary Ages Decision CC87966424/49: The Onomatophore of the Anthropocene’, plenary multi-media performance at the colloquium Anthropocene Monument, 10-12 October, Les Abattoirs Museum of Contemporary Art, Toulouse, France. (international, abroad)

October 2014 ‘On a Monument for the Anthropocene’, plenary paper presented to the colloquium Anthropocene Monument, 10-12 October, Les Abattoirs Museum of Contemporary Art, Toulouse, France. (international, abroad)

October 2014 ‘The Martian Book of the Dead’, multi-media performance at Future Fictions seminar series, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, Lancaster.

September 2014 ‘The Anthropocene and the Memory of the Earth’, plenary paper presented to the conference The Thousand Names of Gaia: From the Anthropocene to the Age of the Earth, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 15-19 September 2014. (international, abroad, invited). Video here.

August 2014 ‘Geoengineering imaginaries and complexity’, paper presented to the Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society and the Institute of British Geographers, London, 26-29 August 2014. (international, invited)

August 2014 ‘The Politics of the Accelerando’, paper presented to the Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers, London, 26-29 August 2014. (international, invited)

August 2014 ‘Mapping climate engineering research and patenting activity using bibliometrics’, paper presented to the Climate Engineering Conference 2014, 18-21 August 2014, Berlin, Germany. (international, abroad)

August 2014 ‘Assembling the “right” public for climate engineering: lessons from agricultural biotechnology’, paper presented to the Climate Engineering Conference 2014, 18-21 August 2014, Berlin, Germany. (international, abroad)

August 2014 ‘Epistemological and ontological responsibility in climate engineering’ (with Maialen Galarraga), paper presented to the Climate Engineering Conference 2014, 18-21 August 2014, Berlin, Germany. (international, abroad)

July 2014 ‘Climate engineering, the social sciences and responsible innovation’, paper presented to the workshop Risk, Innovation and Social Governance: Science and Technology for a Sustainable World, Institute of Science, Technology and Society, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 3 July 2014. (international, abroad, invited)

November 2013 ‘Commission on Planetary Ages Decision CC87966424/49: The Onomatophore of the Anthropocene’, plenary multi-media performance at the conference Thinking the Anthropocene, Paris, 14-15 November 2013. (international, abroad, invited)

October 2013 ‘Geoengineering and the shape of the Earth’, plenary paper presented to the workshop Geoengineering on the Climate Change Agenda, Paris, 11 October 2013 (international, abroad, invited)

June 2013 ‘A response to Bruno Latour’s lecture “Gaia: the new body politic”’, delivered at the Holberg Prize Symposium 2013: From Economics to Ecology, Bergen, 4 June 2013. (international, abroad, invited)

May 2013 ‘The Twilight of the Machines’, multimedia performance at fourth international conference of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment (EFSRE), Nature, Technology and Religion: Transdisciplinary Perspectives, Sigtuna, Sweden, 23 May 2013. (international, abroad, invited)

April 2013 ‘Geoengineering, religion and the “Good Anthropocene”’, paper presented to the workshop Religious and Spiritual Perspectives on Climate Engineering, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, 24-26 April 2013. (international, abroad, invited)

June 2012 ‘The end of the end of nature: the Anthropocene and the fate of the human’, keynote address at the V International conference of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment (EASLCE), Natura Loquens: Eruptive Dialogues, Disruptive Discourses, Tenerife, Canary Islands, 27-30 June. (international, abroad, invited)

April 2012 ‘Life in the open air’, keynote address at the XIV European Conference on Science and Theology organised by the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSSAT), What is Life?, Tartu, Estonia, 24-29 April. (international, abroad, invited)

February 2012 ‘Recasting forecasting: climate change, ethics and the future’, keynote address at the conference The Shaping Power of Risk: Literature – Culture – Environment, Bayreuth, Germany, 24-26 February. (international, abroad, invited)

January 2012 ‘Making climates’, paper presented to the workshop Terra Infirma: Experimenting with geo-political practices, University College London, 27 January. (international, invited)

January 2012 ‘Technodämmerung’, paper presented to the workshop Myth, Narrative and Ancient Wisdoms, Durham University, 10 January. (invited)

December 2011 ‘Climate change and public reason’, paper presented to Reason and Unreason in 21st Century Science, an invitation-only dialogue organised by Academia Europaea, Christ’s College, Cambridge, 11-13 December. (international, invited)

November 2011 ‘Coexistence, succession and the shape of time’, paper presented to the seminar ‘Living with Change’, Ustinov College, Durham University, 19 November. (invited)

November 2011 ‘Making climates’, paper presented to the Institute for Advanced Study, Durham University, 14 November. (invited)

November 2011 ‘Can the environment save capitalism?’, IAS Fellow public lecture organised by the Institute for Advanced Study, Durham University, St, Mary’s College, Durham University, 1 November. (invited)

September 2011 ‘Living in the Anthropocene’, paper presented to the New Storylines for Living with Environmental Change Research Conversation, Durham University, 20 September. (invited)

May 2011 ‘Emerging technologies and risk: the social, cultural and political dimensions’, paper presented to Emerging technologies: are the risks being neglected?, the annual conference of Scientists for Global Responsibility (UK), London, 21 May. (international, invited)

November 2010 ‘New Technologies and Risk: When Experts and Publics Disagree’, talk given to Café Scientifique, Cockermouth, Cumbria, 16 November. (invited)

September 2010 ‘Limits to Biocapital’ (with Larry Reynolds), paper presented to the EASST 2010 conference, Practicing Science And Technology, Performing The Social, Trento, Italy, 2-4 September. (international, abroad)

September 2010 ‘Alternative agro-food networks: a counter-hegemonic knowledge-based agro-food economy?’ (with Katerina Psarikidou), paper presented to the EASST 2010 conference, Practicing Science And Technology, Performing The Social, Trento, Italy, 2-4 September. (international, abroad)

September 2010 ‘The new topologies of the public: science, engagement and political subjectivity’ (with Linda Soneryd), paper presented to the EASST 2010 conference, Practicing Science And Technology, Performing The Social, Trento, Italy, 2-4 September. (international, abroad)

September 2010 ‘Engineering knowledge, instituting the planet: geoengineering as ontology’ (with Maia Galarraga and Rebecca Ellis), paper presented to the EASST 2010 conference, Practicing Science And Technology, Performing The Social, Trento, Italy, 2-4 September. (international, abroad)

June 2010 ‘The new topologies of the public: science, engagement and political subjectivity’ (with Linda Soneryd), paper presented to Annual Meeting of the Science and Democracy Network, Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Chicheley Hall, UK, 29-30 June. (international)

April 2010 ‘Coexistence or succession? Space, time and the onto-politics of GM agrofood’ (with Larry Reynolds), paper presented at the workshop After Markets: Researching Hybrid Arrangements, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, Said Business School, University of Oxford, 23 April. (international, invited)

September 2009 ‘The New Topologies of the Public’, paper presented to the Life Science Governance research platform, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, 15 September (abroad, invited). (abroad, invited)

September 2009 ‘Objecting (to) agrobiotechnology: the GMO as a contested object’ (with Larry Reynolds), paper presented to the conference Objects – What Matters? Technology, Value and Social Change, University of Manchester, 1-4 September.

July 2009 ‘The technological mastery of nature: religious roots or virgin birth?’, paper presented to Religion, Nature, and Progress, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 23-26 July.

June 2009, ‘Climate, apocalypse and the political: a response to Erik Swyngedouw’, paper presented to the workshop Governing the Environment, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, 29 June 2009. (international, invited)

October 2008 ‘Climate technics: reading and writing the weather’, paper presented to the workshop Climate Matters, University of Manchester, 9-10 October. (international, invited)

May 2008 ‘Nature, technology and the sacred’, the second van Riessen Memorial Lecture, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands, 22 May 2008. (international, abroad, invited)

May 2008 ‘In search of the public’, paper and discussion with Susan Podziba, US public policy mediator, at workshop hosted by Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam, 19 May (international, abroad, invited)

October 2007 ‘Tapping the Amazon: From Chico Mendez to Neoliberalism’, paper presented to the workshop Environment, Capitalism and Resistance: From the Amazon to the City, Lancaster, 25 October 2007.

October 2007 ‘GMOs, publics and the contested construction of European space’ (with Larry Reynolds), paper presented to the Innogen/PASOS workshop ‘The Promises and Challenges of the Life Sciences Industry in Central and Eastern Europe’, Prague, 18-19 October 2007. (international, abroad, invited)

September ‘GMOs and the contested construction of European space’ (with Larry Reynolds), paper presented to the conference Regions and Regionalism in and beyond Europe, Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster University, 17-19 Sep. (international)

July 2007: ‘Creationism in Europe and America Today’, paper presented at the conference Science and Religion: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Lancaster University, 23-26 July. (international)

July 2007: ‘Forest Rising: A Response to Marjetica Potrč’s installation at the Barbican’, Barbican, London, 12 July. (invited)

June 2007: ‘Deliberation and the Governance of GMOs’ (with Linda Soneryd and Larry Reynolds), paper presented to Transparency and Accountability in Risk Governance and Societal Decision-making, second VALDOC Summer School, ,Smögen, Sweden, 10-15 June. (international, abroad)

June 2007: ‘GMOs and the Contested Construction of European Space’, paper presented to the conference The New Governance of Life: Challenges, Transformations, Innovations, Vienna, 10-11 June. (international, abroad, invited)

June 2007: ‘Techno-demonology: Naming, Understanding and Redeeming the A/Human Agencies with which we Share our World’, paper presented to workshop Will Wonders Never Cease, Lancaster University, 8 June.

April 2007: ‘Public participation, Technoscience and the Environment: The Case of Genetically Modified Organisms in Europe’, public lecture hosted and co-organised by the China Environment and Sustainable Development Reference and Research Centre (CESDRRC) and co-organised by Friends of Nature and the Northeast Asia Youth Environment Network-China (NEAYEN-C), Beijing, China, 23 April. (abroad, invited)

March 2007: ‘Nature, Technology and the Sacred’, paper presented as the Elias Andrews Public Lecture 2007, Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario, 22 March 2007. (abroad, invited)

February 2007: ‘The Religious Landscape in Europe: Implications for Anti-Evolutionism’, paper presented at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, San Francisco, 15-19 February, 16 February. (international, abroad, invited)

December 2006: ‘Gustav Klimt, Technological Risk and the Limits of Reason’, paper presented to No Way Back? a two-day International Enquiry organised by Arts Council England, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA), 11-12 December. (international, invited)

November 2006: ‘Discourses of the Bioeconomy’ (with Larry Reynolds), paper presented to the Stockholm Centre for Organisational Research (SCORE), Stockholm, 22 November. (abroad, invited)

October 2006: ‘The Religious Roots of our Technological Condition’, opening plenary lecture delivered to the international conference, Religion, Science, and Public Concern; Discourses on Ethics, Ecology, and Genomics, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands, 26 – 27 October (mp3 at: http://www.rspc-conference.nl/Reports&impressions.htm). (international, abroad, invited)

September 2006: ‘The Sacred, the Secular and the Environmental Crisis’, opening plenary lecture presented to the conference Critical Perspectives on Religion and the Environment, Woodbrooke Study Centre, Birmingham, 18-19 September. (international, invited)

May 2006: ‘GMOs, the People, and the Multitude: the knowledge economy and new forms of political subjectivity’ (with Larry Reynolds), paper presented to the conference Science, Knowledge Communities and Environmental Governance: Global-Local Linkages, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA, 4-5 May. (international, abroad, invited)