2016-2017 SLOW SEMINAR ON
RACE, VIOLENCE, INEQUALITY AND THE ANTHROPOCENE
The contemporary moment is marked by global environmental change, the collapse of states and the reconfiguration of economies. This era, where human disturbances asymmetrically affect all ecosystems, is increasingly being called the ‘Anthropocene.’ We approach Anthropocene conditions as inextricably linked to long-term histories of plant and animal domestication, and to more recent histories of European colonialism, transatlantic slavery and capitalism. Via a year-long slow seminar and a series of public events, we hope to enrich conversations about the Anthropocene – as term, concept, and historical era – by bringing together diverse bodies of scholarship, in particular decolonial and postcolonial theory. This re-politicizes the Anthropocene as an object of study, making race and empire, capitalism and colonialism, and social inequality and violence central to the story of ecological transformation.
Wednesday October 19th, 10am-noon
Humanities 1, Room 408
Jason W. Moore, “Metabolic Rift or Metabolic Shift? From Dualism to Dialectics in the Capitalist Word-Ecology,” New Geographies 6 (2014)
Lisa Björkman, selected chapters from Pipe Politics: Embedded Infrastructures of Millennial Mumbai (Duke University Press, 2015)
Dropbox link to readings: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qeodx90u2oola9g/AAAE4zmV-46lqe-M1SwOqSYta?dl=0