Posthuman and Nonhuman in a Future Ecological Politics

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This panel considers a variety of potential responses to rethinking democratic action, process and participation that are fit for the ecological challenges of the Anthropocene, that contemporary epoch marked by grave ecological challenges - accelerating climate change, mass species extinctions, deforestation and environmental toxicity and pollution - simultaneously marked by overwhelming human impacts on ecosystems, animals and other nonhuman entities. The panel considers the Anthropocene as a challenge to our fundamental model of politics as such: who or what acts and has membership in the polity; how politics can cross the boundary between human and non-human; how the Anthropocene should spur the creation of new kinds of institutions and law; how, in short, a human politics can honour our differential entanglement with the Earth.