PEI Faculty Seminar Series: Environmental Martyrdom and Defenders of the Forest

 

Spring 2017 PEI Faculty Seminar Series – 3/7/2017

Robert Nixon, Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment. Professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Martyrdom is direct action in extremis. Martyrs put their bodies on the line, risking, for the sake of principle, not just a weekend in jail, but burial in the dead of night in a shallow grave. Some martyrs remain anonymous, vanish unheard of outside their villages. But others gather posthumous fame and purpose, achieving in their earthly afterlife a rallying power and an enduring force. My talk will investigate the current surge in environmental martyrdom against the backdrop of the resource wars over timber, water, land, and mineral rights across the global South.

PEI Faculty Seminar Series: Environmental Martyrdom and Defenders of the Forest

Publish Date

March 7, 2017

Presenter(s)

Robert Nixon

Video Length

00:57:18

 

Spring 2017 PEI Faculty Seminar Series – 3/7/2017

Robert Nixon, Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment. Professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Martyrdom is direct action in extremis. Martyrs put their bodies on the line, risking, for the sake of principle, not just a weekend in jail, but burial in the dead of night in a shallow grave. Some martyrs remain anonymous, vanish unheard of outside their villages. But others gather posthumous fame and purpose, achieving in their earthly afterlife a rallying power and an enduring force. My talk will investigate the current surge in environmental martyrdom against the backdrop of the resource wars over timber, water, land, and mineral rights across the global South.