Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth
Lecture Hall, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Thu., Apr. 11, 2019, 7 – 9 p.m.
A screening of the new documentary, Becoming Animal about the work of cultural ecologist David Abram (author of The Spell of the Sensuous), followed by an open conversation with David Abram and Lucien Castaing-Taylor (Director of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab).
Directed by Peter Mettler and Emma Davie
2018 Switzerland / UK
78 min, DCP, English
David Abram–cultural ecologist and geophilosopher–is the author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology, and of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World. Described as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, and as “revolutionary” by the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Abram’s work has helped catalyze the emergence of several new disciplines, including the burgeoning field of ecopsychology. A close student of the traditional ecological knowledge of diverse indigenous peoples, David was the first contemporary philosopher to advocate for a reappraisal of “animism” as a complexly nuanced and uniquely viable worldview. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, and recently held the international Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and the Environment in Norway. Dr. Abram is creative director of the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE), an organization dedicated to cultural metamorphosis through a rejuvenation of place-based oral culture–the culture of face-to-face and face-to-place storytelling. He lives with his family in the foothills of the southern Rockies.
Gazette Classification: Religion
Sponsor: Center for the Study of World Religions, Critical Media Practice, the Film Study Center, the Sensory Ethnography Lab, and the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies
Contact: CSWR, 617.495.4476