This reading group is loosely but seriously centered around agency.
We look at texts that either use the term or can be read with agency as a lens. The focus includes but is not limited to ideas in social anthropology and the philosophy of biology, and we aim at attaining interdisciplinary insights on the matter. The group is led by the Writing Up fellows, but we will happily welcome anyone who is interested (even if your participation is sporadic or spontaneous).
In the first session, which will take place at phil, a bar/cafe/bookshop at Gumpendorfer Str. 10 in Vienna, at 16:30 on December 12th. We will read a short article by human ecologist and social anthropologist Alf Hornborg (11.5 pages) and an even shorter piece by social anthropologist Tim Ingold (6.5 pages), in which they challenge the late Bruno Latour’s broad notion of agency (the Actor–Network Theory, or ANT).