Can the agora be reclaimed as a space for global advancement on ecological questions?

Bruno Latour, philosopher, anthropologist and sociologist

Philosopher Bruno Latour discusses the anthropocentric limitations of the agora concept in the context of ecological questions, noting that the reason why the agora is empty is because it’s still humans talking to humans about human things and not about things more generally, the entities with which we share our lives. He suggests that instead of attempting to resuscitate the agora, we should turn to the old Norse/Nordic concept of the Ting (Old Norse/Icelandic þing) as a model better suited to the challenges of the Anthropocene.

Bifrost gratefully acknowledges Prof. Robert Boschman of Mount Royal University and the leadership of the research network NIES for all their valuable work and support behind the scenes that helped make the interview excerpted in this video possible. Grateful acknowledgment is also made to Mount Royal University and the conference Under Western Skies 2016, where the interview was filmed.
Credit: Hartman, Steven, Peter Norrman and Bruno Latour. Can the agora be reclaimed as a space for global advancement on ecological questions? Originally published in bifrostonline.org, 30 November 2017 (CC BY-SA 2.0)