24 August 2020

New book: Critical Zones. The Science and Politics of Landing on Earth

PhD Fellow Nikolaj Schultz has contributed with two chapters to the book ‘Critical Zones. The Science and Politics of Landing on Earth’, edited by French sociologist Bruno Latour and Austrian artist/curator Peter Weibel, and published in relation to their recently opened exhibition ‘Critical Zones Observatories for Earthly Politics’ at the ZKM Karlsruhe Center for Art and Media.

The book portrays the disorientation of life and politics in a world facing climate change, and with short texts, longer essays, and more than 500 illustrations, philosophers, artists and researchers it explore the new landscape on which it may be possible for humans to ‘land on Earth’.

The two chapters written by Nikolaj Schultz are: 

  • ‘Life as Exodus’, which seeks to describe these psycho-spatial strategies and the ideological source of the ultra-rich elites that seek to escape climate change by going to Mars or by building climate-secured bunkers in New Zealand.

  • ‘New Climate, New Class Struggles', which suggests that the ecological crisis forces us to rethink social classes and define such collectives not simply on the basis of position in the economy but furthermore on the basis of territorial conditions – what Nikolaj Schultz and Bruno Latour has described as ‘geo-social classes’.

Among the other contributors are Dipesh Chakrabarty, Pierre Charbonnier, Emanuele Coccia, Gerard de Vries, Vinciane Despret, Jerôme Gaillarde, Donna Haraway, Joseph Leo Koerner, Bruno Latour, Timothy Lenton, Timothy Mitchells, Richard Powers, Simon Schaffer, Isabelle Stengers, Bronislaw Szerszynski, Jan A. Zalasiewicz, and Siegfried Zielinski.

Read more about the new publication on Bruno Latour’s website and order the book on the publisher’s website.