Cittadini sentinella: Percepire catastrofi tra Covid-19 e cambiamento climatico

Marie-Catherine Petersmann, Anna Berti Suman

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In this contribution, we explore how the turn to sensing can enable a distinctive mode of engagement with ongoing socio-ecological disasters like the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. In line with Fleur Johns, sensing, in this context, refers to the work of eliciting, receiving, and processing impressions and information, both in the mode of intuitions or feelings, and in terms of data. Our essay starts by elaborating on the potential of sensing as a way to cope with unfolding events that qualify as ‘hyperobjects’. We see the turn to sensing as providing a productive means to engage differently with events that are massively distributed in time and space, and which manifestations call for a different configuration of existence. In doing so, we attempt to show how sensing can participate in Donna Haraway’s invitation to build more livable futures by 'staying with the trouble' that dwelling in a damaged Earth implies for human and more-than-human life forms. We then delve into situated examples of ‘citizen sensing’ initiatives and conclude by questioning how the insights drawn from such ‘sensing practices’ can be fruitful to cope and act upon risks associated with pandemics and climate change.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)39-56
Number of pages18
JournalL'Altro Diritto
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2020

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