planetary technologies


Society for Philosophy of TEchnology Seminar Series on Planetary Technology.

Confirmed Speakers, Schedule, Registration

The previously announced SPT SIG Seminar series on “Planetary Technology” will start November 2022. Confirmed speakers include Graham Harman, Karen Barad, Frederic Neyrat, Yuk Hui, Clive Hamilton, Bronislaw Szerszynksi, Stephanie Rhea Erev, and Erich Hörl.


Seminar Date / Time (CET) Speaker
#1 November 8 2022 15:30 – 17:00 Vincent Blok
#2 January 10 2023 15:30-17:00 Frederic Neyrat
#3 March 14 2023 10:00 – 11:30 (=Different timeslot) Clive Hamilton
#5 May 9 2023 15:30-17:00 TBA
#6 July 11 2023 15:30-17:00 Stephanie Rhea Erev
#7 September 12 2023 15:30-17:00 Graham Harman
#8 November 14 2023 15:30-17:00 Pieter Lemmens
#9 January 9 2024 15:30-17:00 TBA
#10 March 12 2024 15:30-17:00 Jochem Zwier
#11 May 14 2024 15:30-17:00 TBA
#12 July 9 2024 15:30-17:00 Yuk Hui
Context and Aims

The advent of the Anthropocene compels philosophical attention to nothing other than the end of the world. While several contemporary authors respond by dismissing the notion of world altogether, others summon philosophy to the task of thinking the creation of the world anew. Whilst arguably relevant to all thought, such motives specifically entreat philosophy of technology. Not only is the Anthropocene a profoundly technological or techno-scientific phenomenon, but philosophy of technology generally concerns the relation between technology and world, whether this relation is understood in terms of mediation and world-shaping, techno-geographic milieus, networks of (non)-humans, things and agencies, or otherwise. This seminar series accordingly aims to examine how philosophy of technology should respond to the end of the world in the Anthropocene and consider the planetary dimension of technology accordingly.     

Structure of meetings

During this series, twelve philosophers of technology and environmental philosophers will present their thoughts on the planetary dimension of technology. The general structure of the online sessions will consist in a 30 minute presentation by the speaker; followed by 15 minute prepared response by a selected respondent; followed by 45 minutes of general discussion. Unless otherwise stated, the sessions will be recorded and made publicly available. After the seminar series ends, speakers are invited to contribute to a Special Issue for the journal Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology or related philosophy of technology journal. 

All SPT members and other interested professional philosophers are welcome. Participation is free of charge. To register, send an e-mail to [email protected] with “SPT Planetary Technology” in the subject line.

Please direct any questions to [email protected] or [email protected]
November 8, 2022
July 9, 2024


Wageningen University and Research

Sponsoring institution

Department of Philosophy, Wageningen University