Conference of Philippe Descola at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok


“Rethinking the Nature / Culture Divide”

by Philippe DESCOLA
Professor at Collège de France, Chair in Anthropology of Nature

Organized by the Institute of Research on Contemporary Southeast Asia (IRASEC) and the Center for Social Development Studies (CSDS), Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University

Friday, November 10th, 2017 – 13h00 / 16h00
Alumni Meeting Room, 12th Floor,
Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University

Notions such as ‘nature’ or ‘culture’ are the product of a particular historical process and express the specific distribution of ontological properties to beings in the world that the Moderns have devised. Other civilizations have adopted other systems of distribution, resulting in ontologies and principles of association between humans and non-humans that differ widely from the one which emerged in Europe a few centuries ago. The challenge for the social sciences is to acknowledge this diversity, while retaining the ambition to explain it in non-Eurocentric terms.

Discussants: Thanes Wongyannawa, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University and Dr.Yukti Mukdawijitra, Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University.

Download the program

Contacts :

Claire Thi-Liên Tran, Director/directrice
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Abigaël PESSES, Deputy director/directrice adjointe
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IRASEC c/o French Embassy
179 Thanon Witthayu, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thaïlande

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