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continent. inter-view: Bronislaw Szerszynski on the Technosphere

What will it do next? What will be the next surprising thing that the earth will do in its contingent, billions-of-years of self-organisation?

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Bronislaw Szerszynski

Lancaster University, UK

Bronislaw Szerszynski is a Reader in Sociology at Lancaster University in the UK. Szerszynski’s work has developed across several themes, including the role of Western religious history in shaping contemporary understandings of technology and the environment—typified by his book Nature, Technology and the Sacred (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005). He has also developed a significant body of research about the role played by public participation and science in the regulation of agricultural biotechnology. With John Urry in 2010, Szerszynski co-edited the “Changing Climates” special double issue of Theory, Culture, & Society. Combining the social sciences, humanities and earth sciences, his research places changing human, technological, and environmental relations against the background of the longue durée of human and planetary history. His collaboration with Bruno Latour, “Anthropocene Monument," was staged at Les Abattoirs, Toulouse in 2014.