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Workshop and Lecture with and by Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University) on "Digital Governance and the Distributed Self" and "A Second Creation: Human Futures and the Reinvention of Nature".

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Start date 22 May 2018
End date 22 April 2018
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22 May 2018  10.00 – 12.00  VOC zaal Bushuis

Digital Governance and the Distributed Self

The rise of the digital sphere has equipped human beings with a second self, the digital shadows of the physical selves who move through the world engaged in the materialities of existence. The workshop will explore how human rights and responsibilities have been, and are being, reconfigured as we share our physical lives with our digital selves. Sites in which these governance challenges are being worked out include tensions between autonomy and surveillance, lived lives and archived identities, and individual personhood versus group affiliation based on behaviors and preferences in digital space.

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22 May 2018 19.30 – 21.30 Aula Lutherse Kerk (Challenging Society)

A Second Creation: Human Futures and the Reinvention of Nature

It is fashionable to say that we have entered the age of the Anthropocene, a geologic time when human and terrestrial forces no longer work independently of one another. Wherever we look, nature is intertwined with human artifice: oceans filled with microplastics, soils replete with chemicals, biodiversity confronting unprecedented extinction, and the atmosphere choked with greenhouse gases, imperiling our common future. In this period of unbridled human intervention, some see the grand experiment of geoengineering, managing the encounter of the sun’s rays with the Earth, as all but inevitable; even the taboo against editing human lives is losing force. Indeed, the Anthropocene seems to have crossed the line from description to prescription, from a scientifically accountable state of affairs to a normative project for humankind. But should there be limits to this Second Creation, and what value if any still attaches to the concept of nature? I argue that nature retains power as an ethical and political imaginary, an invitation to reflect more deeply on who sets the courses of change, to what ends, and by what means—and who, by the same token, does not.