Humanities After the Human: Alternative Futures for the Pursuit of Wordly Knowledge
Lecture by Jairus Grove, Director for the Research Center for Future Studies at the University of Hawaii Manoa
In the last two decades the humanities have been bombarded with demands to be more than human. Posthumanities, Environmental Humanities, Digital Humanities, and every possible interdisciplinary engagement is expected of the humanistic sciences. Each demand and initiative is often framed within the language of a crisis. Whether a crisis in the humanities or a crisis in the world the expectation is that humanities must evolve to suit the demands of these emerging challenges ranging from the creative to the catastrophic. In this talk, I want to texplore how Alternative Futures and Futures more general can provide pedagogical tools for adapting to these challenges. Unlike foresight and predictive modeling, humanistic futures from Afrofuturism to Indigenous, Queer, and Feminist futures offer opportunities for political and ethical engagement for which the Humanities are uniquely positioned to contribute.
Sponsored by Modern Languages and Cultures, Comparative Literature, the History Department, and the Humanities Project
Friday, March 1 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Rush Rhees Library, Hawkins-Carlson Reading Room
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626