Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Writing Against the Colonial Anthropocene

Date and Time
Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. ET
Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105


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In this lecture, Prof. Gómez-Barris (Brown University) explores a few liquid and territorial scenes in relation to what she has called the colonial Anthropocene, What forms of submerged existence need excavation? How can we reframe knowledge production and praxis in relation to the assumed problem of the human's future?

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Macarena Gómez-Barris is a writer and scholar with a focus on the decolonial environmental humanities, authoritarianism and extractivism, queer Latine epistemes, media environments, cultural theory and artistic practice. She is author of four books including, The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives (Duke University Press, 2017) that examines five scenes of ruinous extractive capitalism. Beyond the Pink Tide: Art and Political Undercurrents in the Américas (UC Press 2018), a text of critical hope about the role of submerged art and solidarity in troubled times. She is also author of Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile (2009), and co-editor with Herman Gray of Towards a Sociology of a Trace (2010). She is series editor with Diana Taylor of Dissident Acts at Duke University Press. She is working on two new books. Macarena is Chair of Modern Culture and Media and Timothy C. Forbes and Anne S. Harrison University Professor at Brown University.

Part of the Climate Change, Decolonization, and Global Blackness (CCDGB) Speaker Series at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. The series is co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability and the Nicholas School of the Environment.