Introduction to Comparative Planetology

How do we perceive Earth – as a planet, a globe or land?

TOPIC 💭 Introduction to Comparative Planetology | 13.10 | 18:00

🎤 Lukáš Likavčan, Matej Metelec (CZ)

How do we perceive Earth – as a planet, a globe or land? French theorist Bruno Latour claims we should search for the place where we could “land” again, but this search is somewhat resemblant of the old Blut und Boden ideology. At the time of climate crisis, are there any more universal perspectives? Can science fiction help us with this? Topics for philosopher Lukáš Likavčan and essayist Matěj Metelec.

Lukáš Likavčan is a researcher and theorist, writing on philosophy of technology, political ecology and visual cultures. He lectures at Center for Audiovisual Studies FAMU (Prague), and Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design (Moscow), and he collaborates with Digital Earth fellowship programme. Likavčan is a member of Display – Association for Research and Collective Practice (Prague), and an author of Introduction to Comparative Planetology (Strelka Press, 2019). More info at

Matěj Hošek

Introduction to Comparative Planetology presents an intertwined analysis of visual cultures of imagining the Earth and geopolitics of climate emergency. It compares different “figures” of the planet – the Planetary, the Globe, the Terrestrial, Earth-without-us and Spectral Earth – in order to assess their geopolitical implications. These implications are then mapped on respective prospects of these figures in developing an infrastructural space for planetary coordination of our design interventions against runaway global heating, and ultimately against mass species extinction

Moderation: Matěj Metelec – essayist, publicist and editor of the cultural fortnightly A2. He has published dozens of texts of various genres in many periodicals. He has long-time collaborated as a dramaturg of discussion evenings with the HaDivadlo in Brno and the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival and is a co-author of an adaptation of Hannah Arendt‘s Eichmann in Jerusalem for the Feste Theater. In his texts he focuses among other things on the history of the socialist movement, the question of the specificity of the Central European area or Czech political thought.

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