Sex in the (Anthropocene) City

Claire Colebrook is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English at Penn State University, and author of 11 books and numerous articles on Ethics, Deleuze, Milton, Evil in literary history and aesthetics. She is currently working on a monograph about human extinction.

“The concept of the anthropocene, though still contested, has now become so embedded in academic discourse that we might even want to ask about the post-anthropocene. Before we consign the anthropocene to a geological past, it might be worthwhile to question the very possibility of such concepts. At the heart of philosophy and techno-science there lies a division of labor and a sexual contract. It is that contract of division that enables the urbanity that at once opens the anthropocene and allows for it’s theorisation. Our freedom and our demise emerge from the same urban, acquisitive and sexualised imperative: to speak and work in common.”

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