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Embodying Gaia: Bruno Latour’s Gaia and the Earthboundedness of Contemplative Pedagogy (a snail’s view) Public Deposited

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  • Bruno Latour’s Facing Gaia provokes us to embrace our Earthboundedness to approach the problematic political ecologies of the Anthropocene. Latour’s call for the Earthbound is to re-trace networks of society, institutions, and meaning and to challenge, as enemy, those that would continue to behave as if we lived on more than one Earth or would fall prey to the hubris in thinking our solutions were merely technological. Modernist separations of Science and Religion are shown rooted in perceptions and narratives of separateness over the reality of their hybridity and imbrication. Realizing this imbrication, science and religion need not be at odds. Modes of contemplative practices of mindfulness, meditation, and aikido mirror these calls for Latour’s Earthbounded reformation and reorientate the apparent dualities of human origins. Contemplative pedagogies also trace similar modalities of transdisciplinarity in academia and focus on corroborative practice over dogmatic narrative. This is traced through the work by way of a snail’s view, in homage to marginalia, the marginalized, and the chthonic beings of the overlooked world; this view situates an Earthboundedness, sensitivity to kin and encounter, and a praxis for moving forth-with, accomplishing reconciliation and reciprocity. In this way, we may better perceive the vicissitudes of and connect with the Anthropocene, face Gaia, and make kin of enemies, political and ecological.
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  • Schindler, Jason A. "Embodying Gaia: Bruno Latour’s Gaia and the Earthboundedness of Contemplative Pedagogy (a snail’s view)." Masters Thesis, Oregon State University, 2019.
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  • 2019-01-11 to 2019-05-21



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