Medea Talks | Remaking the Heavens and the Earth: Narratives Justifying Scientific Interventions
November 28 @ 15:15 – 17:00
Medea Talks on November 28 with David Nye, author of The Environmental Humanities (MIT Press, 2017) and professor emeritus at the University of Southern Denmark.
In this lecture, Nye will talk about how scientists justify their plans to change Earth’s climate (through geoengineering) and to make the Moon and Mars habitable.
Place: The K3 studio on floor 5, Niagara, Malmö University
ABSTRACT | Environmentalists respond to pollution, species extinction, and global warming by calling for reductions in consumption and limits on growth. But some scientists take a quite different approach. They develop plans to change Earth’s climate and to make the Moon and Mars habitable.
This Medea Talks lecture will focus on American proposals for “geoengineering” (remaking the earth) and “terraforming” (creating Earth-like environments on other planets). Using examples from university scientists, the US space program (NASA), and private corporations, David Nye will focus on the narratives that are being used to justify these interventions, and it will demonstrate that while the proposals are new, the narrative frameworks are not. This lecture develops concepts from America as Second Creation (MIT Press, 2003) and The Environmental Humanities (MIT Press, 2017).
Professor David Nye’s more than 220 publications include 10 books with the MIT Press. He has been a visiting scholar at the universities of Cambridge, Leeds, Warwick, Oviedo, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, MIT, and Harvard. He received the Leonardo da Vinci Medal in 2006 and was knighted by the Queen of Denmark in 2014. He is a by-fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge; Senior Research Fellow, University of Minnesota; and Professor Emeritus, University of Southern Denmark.
Featured image: NASA artist’s conception of a human mission to Mars (painting), from Wikipedia.