Research Clusters

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,’ a term that has been vigorously taken up by some European and North American social scientists, humanists, and natural scientists. The Anthropocene is not only a product of recent events, nor is it solely the concern of the global North. Contemporary Anthropocene conditions are inextricably linked to long-term histories of plant and animal domestication, and to more recent histories of European colonialism, transatlantic slavery and capitalism. It is vital 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.

    UC Santa Cruz Faculty Participants

    Jennifer Derr, History
    Mayanthi Fernando, Anthropology
    Kristina Lyons, Feminist Studies

    UC Santa Cruz Graduate Student Participants

    Zac Caple, Anthropology
    Isabelle Carbonell, Film & Digital Media
    Troy Crowder, History
    Rachel Cypher, Anthropology
    Lani Hanna, Feminist Studies
    Elaine Gan, HAVC
    Sean Lawrence, History
    Elana Margot, Feminist Studies
    Erin McElroy, Feminist Studies
    Daniel Schniedewind, Anthropology
    Zahirah Suhaimi, Anthropology
    Kris Timken, HAVC
    Vivian Underhill, Feminist Studies
    Veronika Zablotsky, Feminist Studies


    April 26, 2017: Traci Brynne Voyles: “Can a Sea be a Settler? California’s Salton Sea and Settler Colonial Frames for Thinking about Environmental (Justice) History”

    April 25, 2017: Traci Brynne Voyles: “Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country”

    March 7, 2017: Slow Seminar on Race, Violence, Inequality and the Anthropocene

    January 10, 2017: Film, Photography, and the Scientific Record

    January 9, 2017:  The Land Beneath Our Feet: A film by Sarita Siegel & Gregg Mitman

    October 19, 2016: Slow Seminar on Race, Violence, Inequality and the Anthropocene

    October 12, 2016: Anthropocene: Ecological & Political Consequences of Plantations

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