Vancouver Institute for Social Research: Am Johal

March 2, 2015

Am Johal – Nomos of the Anthropocene


This talk will provide a critical introduction to new questions of sovereignty, law and jurisdiction presented by the geological epoch known as the Anthropocene. It will grapple with the question ‘who decides?’ as it relates to the current climate crisis and the movement from the present to the future.


The Vancouver Institute for Social Research (VISR) is an independent, para-academic, graduate-level, theory-based free school that began in Feb. 2013. Our intent is to move beyond the borders of the traditional university and to open up a more accessible platform in the city for the engaged discussion of critical theory.


The Institute’s fourth session will be organized around the theme of “Sovereignty,” and is being held from March 2 to April 27, 2015.


Once a week on Monday evenings from 7-9 pm at the Or Gallery (555 Hamilton Street), professors, grad students, and local activists will be presenting on topics of their choice. The seminar will be free to the public and advance readings will be distributed through our WordPress site. Videos of past classes can be found here.


Venue is wheelchair accessible

Participant Bios

Am Johal is Director of SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. He completed his dissertation Ecological Metapolitics: Badiou and the Anthropocene in 2014.