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Pluriversal Politics 30. Januar 2023 | 18:00 Uhr - 19:30 Uhr

Arturo Escobar is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Research Associate with the Culture, Memory, and Nation group at Universidad del Valle, Cali. His research interests include political ecology; ontological design; and the anthropology of development, social movements, and technoscience. Over the past twenty-five years, he has worked closely with several Afro-Colombian social movements, particularly the Process of Black Communities (PCN). He is author of such books as Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World; Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes; and Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Architecture is, in many ways, preoccupied with habitation. That is as true for the construction of the built environment as it is for the subtle social structures that collaboratively enable our sustenance and well-being. But now with ecological disasters and fragile geopolitics pushing people and the systems that sustain them to the limits, the question of what it means for the planet to be habitable takes center stage. Included in this is what ecological boundaries enable living systems to survive on the planet but also the social and political systems that make these boundaries equitable and worthwhile. This mini-lecture series will address these issues of habitability as they are emerging today in spatial practice.


Arturo Escobar

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