Decolonial Ecology: Thinking from the Caribbean World (04/26/22)

Join us on Tuesday, April 26, at 2 PM, for Decolonial Ecology: Thinking from the Caribbean World, a talk by Malcom Ferdinand. Ferdinand is a researcher at the CNRS (IRISSO/University Paris Dauphine), working at the crossroad of political philosophy, postcolonial theory and political ecology, with a particular focus on the Black Atlantic and particularly the Caribbean. The subject of discussion will be his new book, an exploration of the relations between current ecological crises and the colonial history of modernity. 

Abstract: The world is in the midst of a storm that has shaped the history of modernity along a double fracture: on the one hand, an environmental fracture driven by a technocratic and capitalist civilization that led to the ongoing devastation of the Earth’s ecosystems and its human and non-human communities and, on the other, a colonial fracture instilled by Western colonization and imperialism that resulted in racial slavery and the domination of indigenous peoples and women in particular. In this important new book, Malcom Ferdinand challenges this double fracture, thinking from the Caribbean world. Drawing on empirical and theoretical work, Ferdinand conceptualizes a decolonial ecology that holds protecting the environment together with the political struggles against (post)colonial domination, structural racism, and misogynistic practices. Facing the storm, this book is an invitation to build a world-ship where humans and non-humans can live together on a bridge of justice and shape a common world. 

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