Eschatological Imagination in an Age of Extinctions
Wednesday 12th December, 18:00 – 20:00
Bath Spa University, Newton Park,
Drinks and snacks and chat after the talk
It is increasingly recognised that ethical and cultural responses to the prospect that humans have triggered the ‘sixth mass extinction’ are shaped by environmental imagination in various ways: how lost or endangered species are mediated and represented, and how these are related to narratives of future planetary loss, including loss of human life. In this talk I will explore some of the insights that can be gained from theological and philosophical debates about eschatological (‘end-time’) imagination in Christian traditions – thinking particularly of their critical ethical functions in the past and present. Hopefully this can spark broader discussion about the future role of theology and religious studies within the environmental humanities.
About the speaker
Stefan Skrimshire is Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at The University of Leeds where he teaches in Religion and Politics, and Continental Philosophy. He is running two AHRC research projects that focus on the implications of the Anthropocene and global extinction discourses for religion, philosophy and ethics, and a doctoral network on ‘Imagining and Representing Species Extinction’.
Free to attand but you can book a place via Bath Spa Live