Led by Warren Magnusson and Arthur Kroker, the Vectors seminar will discuss the extent to which the future of politics, society and affectivity has already been written under the prophetic sign of Felix Guattari’s The Three Ecologies. A manifesto of radical ecological thought as well as an appeal for political activism in the era of crisis-ridden capitalism, Guattari’s The Three Ecologies provides a powerful theoretical gateway to the dark future that is now. Arguing that our understanding of ecology must be expanded beyond material nature to include questions concerning the nature of mass affect, specifically rising rates of mental and social deterioration, Guattari proposes an ”Ecosophy” that is simultaneously a depth critique of capitalism and an activist agenda for radical transformation.
Warren Magnusson is Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria. A political theorist with a particular interest in the urban and the local as sites of politics and government, he is author of Local Self-Government and the Right to the City, Politics of Urbanism: Seeing Like a City, and the Search for Political Space, among others.
Director of the Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture and Professor of Political Science, University of Victoria, Arthur Kroker is a political theorist focusing particularly on the future of 21st century politics, culture and technology. His writings include Body Drift, Exits to the Posthuman Future and Surveillance Never Sleeps.
* Pre-Reading is recommended but not required. You can find a .pdf copy of the text here.
November 8th, 2:30-4:00pm
Technology Enterprise Facility (TEF), 170
2300 McKenzie Avenue
University of Victoria