Environmental Humanities Colloquium: “How do we see beyond the petrochemical-plantation horizon?”
Imani Jacqueline Brown, Queen Mary, University of London, will present “How do we see beyond the petrochemical-plantation horizon?” for the last talk in the spring 2023 Environmental Humanities and Social Transformation Colloquium.
The cosmology of “extractivism”, which spans from colonialism and slavery to coastal erosion, cancer, and climate change, has charted our society to the ends of the earth.
How do we see beyond a world where ten thousand miles of access canals turning two thousand square miles of land into water are dredged to drill ninety thousand wells, each ten thousand feet deep, which gush oil and gas through fifty thousand miles of pipelines across hundreds of miles of segregated lands to two hundred petrochemical plants, which heave their weight upon the grounds of fallow slave-powered plantations where the historically enslaved in their unmarked graves can’t get their final rest…
Because they are still called to resist.
A copse of trees, an ancient practice, a contemporary resistance unite amid seas of cane to guide us beyond the petrochemical-plantation horizon.
Imani Jacqueline Brown is an artist, activist, writer, and researcher from New Orleans, based between New Orleans and London. Her work investigates the “continuum of extractivism,” which spans from settler-colonial genocide and slavery to fossil fuel production and climate change. In exposing the layers of violence and resistance that form the foundations of settler-colonial society, she opens space to imagine new paths to ecological reparations. Imani combines archival research, ecological philosophy, cultural and legal theory, people’s history, and counter-cartographic strategies to unravel the spatial logics that make geographies, unmake communities, and break Earth’s geology.
The Environmental Humanities and Social Transformation Colloquium is co-sponsored by the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI), the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Department of Anthropology and the Department of African American Studies.
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