“Continent in Dust, Continent in Flux: Experiments in a Chinese Weather System”
Jerry Zee, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California-Santa Cruz, will present “Continent in Dust, Continent in Flux: Experiments in a Chinese Weather System” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, in Aaron Burr Hall, Room 219. Zee is the first speaker in the Spring 2020 seminar series, New Directions in Environmental Humanities — this talk was organized with Princeton’s Department of Anthropology and is co-sponsored by the Center for Contemporary China.
Zee will examine land and air as a geo-meteorological map of Chinese social and environmental governance, particularly in the vast continental dust-sheds of cities such as Beijing. Zee will track the political, social and technical reconfiguration of urban air in China as a particulate aerosol, from a benign emptiness into a massively distributed solid. He will ultimately frame moments of ecological shift as sites for political and ethnographic attention.
This event is free and open to the public. Additional speakers and dates in this series are:
“Theory Underwater: Diving Memoirs, Vampire Squid and Speculative Fiction”
Melody Jue, Assistant Professor of English, University of California-Santa Barbara
“Forced Life: Female Sexual Reproduction as Panacea and Poison in the Sixth Age of Extinction”
Juno Parreñas, Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University