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Roberto Esposito

EASLCE Webinar: Ecological Immunity and Biopolitics in the Anthropocene with Hannes Bergthaller

Environmentalist discourse has familiarized us with the idea that human beings are members of the “ecological community,” and that this membership comes with obligations that our species has sorely neglected. This popular understanding of “community,” however, frequently obscures what the term signifies in scientific ecology, where it is more or less synonymous with “food web”: being a member of an ecological community means, above all, to prey and to be preyed upon, and to be a host for other species. The life of every organism is a gift from the ecological community of which it is a part; but as long as it is alive, it will seek to defer the date of reciprocal donation for as long as it can.