Amitav Ghosh will give a public lecture entitled “War, Race and Empire in the Anthropocene: Some Occluded Aspects of Climate Change.”
Ghosh is a renowned novelist and public intellectual. He is the author, most recently, of The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable. In collaboration with Princeton Environmental Film Festival.
Talk Synopsis: The fact that the discussion of climate change has largely been centered in Western universities has skewed the discourse in certain directions. Since much of it is produced by scientists, engineers and economists the subject has widely come to be conceptualized as essentially an economic problem which can be dealt with through technological and technocratic fixes. Those who take a more political approach, like Naomi Klein and George Monbiot, also conceive of the issue in economic terms, framing it in relation to capitalism or neo-liberalism. These frameworks tend to exclude many of the overarching cultural, political, geographical and historical contexts of global warming. This talk poses the question: what other frameworks could be relevant to this subject?
Amitav Ghosh Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He is the author of one book of non-fiction, a collection of essays and eight novels, of which the most recent is The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016). His books have won prizes in India, Europe and Myanmar and he has been awarded honorary degrees by the Sorbonne, Paris, and by Queens College, New York. He divides his time between Brooklyn, Goa and Kolkata.
In spring 2017, PEI is launching Global Perspectives on Environmental Justice. This event series will feature writers, filmmakers, other visual artists, and scholars whose work engages fundamental questions of environmental justice. Our visitors will address the political, imaginative and ethical challenges that result from unequal exposure to environmental risk and unequal access to environmental resources.
Global Perspectives on Environmental Justice is coordinated by:
Anne McClintock, A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Rob Nixon, Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment.