Christy Wampole, associate professor of French and Italian at Princeton, will present, "The Decontextualized Human: On Roots and Rootlessness," at 4:30 p.m. Wed., April 18, in East Pyne, Room 111. This is the fifth talk in the Spring 2018 Environmental Humanities Colloquium organized through the Environmental Humanities at Princeton initiative within PEI.
Wampole will highlight the ecological aspects of her book, "Rootedness: The Ramifications of a Metaphor," and show the links between various forms of socio-political alienation — manifest in problems like nativism, processes of colonization and decolonization and cultural assimilation — and environmental estrangement. "Rootedness" won the Modern Language Association's 2016 Prize for a First Book. Wampole also is the author of, "The Other Serious: Essays for the New American Generation" (2015), and her writings have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, MLN, The Modern Language Review, and elsewhere.
Series Background: Open to faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and staff, the Environmental Humanities and Social Transformation Colloquium aims to build an intellectual community of Princeton scholars and graduate students from all backgrounds whose work is animated by — or intersects with — issues central to the environmental humanities. The colloquium is hosted by Rob Nixon, the Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment, and Professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute.