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15:00–15:30 Ringlokschuppen, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Bühne 1
Cluster 4: Klima

Input von Jason W. Moore

Spaceships, Slaveships & the Climate Crisis: Unthinking the Anthropocene

In this lecture, Prof. Moore explores the history of capitalism as pivotal to the politics of climate crisis in the 21st century. Arguing that the past five centuries is better understood as the “Age of Capital” (Capitalocene) rather than the “Age of Man” (Anthropocene), Moore shows how capitalism’s drive towards endless economic growth is premised on a revolutionary strategy of Cheap Nature – including the cheapening of human work and life. From this perspective, we can see the rise of capitalism as a world-ecology of power, profit, and life-making beginning with Christopher Columbus. Subjecting landscapes, animals, and humans to a radical project of Cheapening, European merchants, planters, financiers, philosophers, and empires invented a new way of organizing the world: “Humanity” versus “Nature.” This invention – at once cultural, economic, and physical – was central to capitalism’s epoch-making accomplishment: the transformation of the web of life into profit-making machines. Reconstructing this world environmental history, Moore shows how the present crisis is not only a moment of profound climate change, but also a historical moment in which climate patriarchy, climate apartheid, and the climate class divide can be actively challenged – and transcended.

In English language via Zoom

Jason W. Moore is a transdisciplinary historical geographer and environmental historian. Although not a sociologist, he is professor of sociology at Binghamton University, where he coordinates the World-Ecology Research Group. He hates war and loves art, words, and the working class. Moore also co-coordinates the World-Ecology Research Network, a global transdisciplinary conversation among artists, activists, and scholars about capitalism in the web of life and our possible emancipatory futures. His books include Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015) and, with Raj Patel, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things. Moore’s essays, popular and scholarly, can be found in over 20 languages on his website: https://jasonwmoore.com/.

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