Annual Bateman lecture explores risks of digital communication in a dangerous time

July 24, 2020
Andrea Boyes
Dr. David Abram

The global pandemic has changed many things about the way we live, including the ways we communicate. This increase of reliance on digital forms of communication comes with a marked increase in risk, according to cultural ecologist and philosopher Dr. David Abram. He’ll explore his thoughts on those risks as the lecturer for Royal Roads University’s 16th Annual Bateman Lecture, Wednesday, Aug. 5.

In his talk Zoomed Out: Technology, Animism, and the Wild Otherness of the Real Abram will discuss his thoughts on the  use of technology to communicate, which he suggests “often intensifies the distance between our reflective minds and our sensate bodies and estranges us still farther from the more-than-human earth.”

Abram, who teaches and lectures worldwide, is the author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology (Pantheon, 2010), and The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World (Vintage, 1997).

The lecture begins at 3:30 p.m. on Zoom and has limited capacity. To receive the Zoom link please contact for log in information.