Book Launch- Horizon Work

We are delighted to announce that, on 2 November, Professor Adriana Petryna at the University of Pennsylvania will join GSEJ’s online seminar to discuss her new book, Horizon Work: At the Edges of Knowledge in an Age of Runaway Climate Change.

Climate crises disrupt a fundamental ability to project how the environment will act over time based on established patterns. Rapidly faltering projections are colliding with dangerous realities of emergency response, particularly to wildfires. Adriana Petryna’s new book explores climate futures in terms of horizoning, a mode of thinking that considers unnatural disasters against horizons of expectation in which knowledge is actionable, not obsolete, and requiring new alignments across political, activist, and Indigenous spheres.

Professor Adriana Petryna is Director of the M.D.-Ph.D. Program in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has conducted research in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Brazil, and the US. In her studies, she probes the socio-political natures of science, how populations are enrolled in experimental knowledge-production, and what becomes of citizenship and ethics in that process. Among her books are Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobyland When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials & the Global Search for Human Subjects, along with the recently published Horizon Work: At the Edges of Knowledge in an Age of Runaway Climate Change.

The event will take place on Zoom between 16:00 and 17:30 GMT on 2 November.  It is free and open to all, but registration is required.

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