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Rob Nixon (English, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
This Brief Multitude: The Anthropocene Epoch in the Age of Disparity
The Anthropocene is becoming one of the most influential interdisciplinary stories of our time. But the rise of Anthropocene thinking coincides with an era of widening economic disparities.
Rob Nixon's talk will ask: how do we reconcile the grand narrative of the Anthropocene—as a way of reimagining what it means to be human—with the claims of environmental justice in acutely unequal times? How do we address both the convergent story of the Anthropocene and the divergent story of widening inequalities, in wealth, in access to environmental resources, and in environmental impacts?
Background reading (for lecture and brown bag)
Rob Nixon, "Introduction," Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011), 1-44
Rob Nixon, Rachel Carson Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaches environmental studies, postcolonial studies, creative nonfiction, African literature, world literature, and twentieth century British literature. He is the author of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Harvard); Dreambirds: the Natural History of a Fantasy (Picador); Homelands, Harlem and Hollywood: South African Culture and the World Beyond (Routledge); and London Calling: V. S. Naipaul, Postcolonial Mandarin (Oxford).
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