FALL 2017

For the Humanity Yet to Come: Anthropology and the Anthropocene 

Work in Progress session with Anand Pandian

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 | 12:30-2pm | NN 311

Please join us for a work in progress session with Prof. Anand Pandian, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. Prof Pandian will be discussing his essay, ‘For the Humanity Yet to Come: Anthropology and the Anthropocene’, which considers whether recent calls for anthropological attention beyond the human have forfeited too quickly the idea of humanity as a horizon of moral and political transformation. The essay takes up three fields – politics, art, and fiction – for ethnographic examination, tracking the pursuit of a more expansive sense of humanity by indigenous activists at the 2016 World Conservation Congress; in the efforts of two American artists to conjure the future imprint of our plastic obsessions; and in the modes of being and expression inspired by the novels of Ursula K. Le Guin. Please see here for assigned readings and contact Mabel Gergan to RSVP mdg109@georgetown.edu



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Indigenous Peoples and Climate Justice: Resisting Ecological Colonialism, Decolonizing the Anthropocene

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 | 4pm | Location TBA

 Sawyer Seminar Spring Commencement Lecture with Kyle Pows Whyte, Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. His primary research in Indigenous philosophy addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations. His talk will address Indigenous philosophies of sustainability and resilience and its connection with theoretical literatures on decolonization and Indigenous resurgence.

How Should We Eat? Eating in the Anthropocene

Friday, February 9, 2018 | Time and Location TBA

An all-day symposium examining the question “How should we eat?” and responses to it. Finding an answer now seems imperative given that the status quo drives climate change, environmental degradation, food insecurity, and diet-related illness. But what does asking this question presuppose about us, the askers and the eaters? And why don’t we seem to be satisfied with existing answers? Panelists will approach these questions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, literature, history, and the social sciences. Featuring a keynote lecture by Alexis Shotwell, Associate Professor of Sociology at Carleton University and author of Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times (University of Minnesota Press, 2016).

Decolonial Ecologies: Climate Justice in the Anthropocene

Thursday, April 5th, 2018 | Time and Location TBA

A special event featuring lectures by Neel Ahuja and Malini Ranganathan exploring the linkages between colonialism, racial capitalism, and climate change: Neel Ahuja is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and author of Bioinsecurities: Disease Interventions, Empire, and the Government of Species (Duke University Press, 2016). Malini Ranganathan is Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University, Washington, DC and author of several journal articles including, “The Environment as Freedom: A Decolonial Reimagining” in Black Perspectives and “Thinking with Flint: Racial Liberalism and the Roots of an American Water Tragedy” in Capitalism Nature Socialism. 

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

April 22-28, 2018 | Times and Locations TBA

A weeklong series of events, featuring art, performance, and presentations by students, faculty, and visiting scholars and activists.