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Science studies and the metamorphic multiple earth: Bruno Latour's risky diplomacy

de Freitas, Elizabeth (2019) Science studies and the metamorphic multiple earth: Bruno Latour's risky diplomacy. Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies. ISSN 1532-7086

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This essay focuses on Bruno Latour’s recent attempts to study the metamorphic zone of terrestrial life, within the current climate crisis and environmental “cosmocolossus”. I explore his proposal for a risky diplomacy in the Anthropocene “end times”, as a way of dealing with the increasingly tense relations between polarized and weaponized perspectives. I show how his work continues to seek a form of scientific practice that involves the invention of equipment (apparatus) that make perceptible (principally to humans) the existence of non-human agencies, thereby expanding the opportunities for alliances and a pluralist ecology, and ultimately assembling another more-than-human political body. I also discuss critiques and concerns regarding the specifics of this proposal.

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