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Stockholm Archipelago Lecture Series

The Stockholm Archipelago Lectures are part of the public activities of the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory. The series was initiated in 2012.

The 9th Archipelago Lecture

Reflections on Planetary Habitability with Achille Mbembe

The 9th Archipelago Lecture was held on November 25 in 2020, with Achille Mbembe. Achille is a research Professor of History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research in Johannesburg, South Africa and a Visiting Professor at Duke University.

For a long time, the human race has been concerned with how life emerges and the conditions of its evolution and persistence. Increasingly, debates about life futures are framed in terms of the conditions under which life ends. In this lecture, Achille Mbembe will revisit the concept of “planetary habitability”. Amongst others, he will show the extent to which planetary habitability is inseparable from a politics of care, repair and restitution.

Below is the complete talk embedded from the Facebook live. A recording with subtitles will be available shortly.

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