Environmental Humanities Colloquium: “Making Peace with Nature: Ecological Encounters Along the Korean DMZ”
Eleana Kim, Professor of Anthropology, UC Irvine, will present “Making Peace with Nature: Ecological Encounters Along the Korean DMZ” for the first talk in the spring 2023 Environmental Humanities and Social Transformation Colloquium sponsored by the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI).
In this book, talk, author Eleana J. Kim discusses how the DMZ, reputed to the most heavily fortified border in the world, has become a space associated with biodiversity and nonhuman flourishing. Based on fieldwork with ecologists, environmentalists, and local residents, Kim asks what we can learn from the DMZ, beyond popular narratives that frame it as an ironic outcome of war and violence. She identifies multispecies relations in the South Korean borderlands and offers an analytic of “biological peace,” which she contends can expand conventional understandings of peace as only concerned with human-centered politics.
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