Please join us for the next installment of the Critical Anthropocene Speaker Series featuring Dr. Philip Aghoghovwia’s talk ‘Postcolonial Nature’.
In this talk, the speaker reflects on three vectors that inscribe the historicity of postcolonial nature as the articulation of a certain kind of lived experience. (1) Land grabbing that renders indigenous inhabitants automatic serfs within their own environments; (2) Arrogant forms of conservation that expel human populations from their ancestral lands; and (3) Destructive extraction of natural resources motivated by seductive but abstract metrics of economic growth that cannot be measured in terms of ecological (or any kind of) well-being of the particular local lifeworld. Engaging directly with nature in postcolonial thought is not possible for it must confront the imperatives of nature’s colonial and imperialist history – a necessary circumlocution that enables us to approach nature as a powerful signifier of being and quotidian experience in the postcolonial context.
When? February 10th, from 12:00-13:30 PM.