Lecture at Oslo National Academy of Arts: Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay – Talking about the Ants
February 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Talking about the Ants
Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay will talk about the “Ant Network Theory” that he has developed together with Geoffrey C. Bowker. Chattopadhyay will discuss how a flexible notion of multiple temporalities can be developed by playing with scales. The long history of science fictional engagement with other planetary creatures, especially insects and nonhuman beings can serve as a useful entry point into contemporary discussions that challenge us to think past the anthropocentrism of the anthropocene, including the discourses of guardianship and environmental care, to a de-centered and dehumanized future oriented ethics of hybridity.
Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay works on Science Fiction at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. He is also Imaginary College fellow at the Centre for Science and the Imagination, Arizona State University. He is founding co-editor of the book series Studies in Global Genre Fiction (Routledge) and co-editor-in-chief of Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research. He is Principal Investigator of the European Research Council funded project CoFutures: Pathways to Possible Presents, due to start in Spring 2020.