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Teale Lecture: Multispecies Justice in the Age of Extraction

Thursday, April 5, 2018
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center, UConn, Storrs

Subhankar Banerjee, Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair of Land Arts of the American West and Professor, Art & Ecology, Department of Art and Art History, University of New Mexico, will give a talk entitled “Multispecies Justice in the Age of Extraction and Extinction” for the University of Connecticut’s Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series on Nature and the Environment. The talk will take place on Thursday, April 5, 4 pm at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Konover Auditorium, at UConn. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In a mere six decades we have steadily progressed from the dread of “silent spring” to the prospect of a lonely earth. Scientists have been busy cataloguing the epic ongoing loss of life—mass extinction and mass die-off—that largely remain out of our sight and apprehension. At the same time impacts of climate change—fires, floods, hurricanes—have reached such a devastating proportion with intensity and frequency that a new phrase has entered our vocabulary— “climate breakdown”. Yet, there is no end in sight of the expansion of fossil fuel developments, including in vital ecological nurseries and places sacred and materially significant to the indigenous peoples. I will present “multispecies justice” as an essential ethical imperative for our time arising out of decades-long coalitional campaigns to push back against the rapidly unfolding ecologically apocalyptic and politically dispiriting realities. Simply put, multispecies justice brings two traditionally adversarial positions in environmental engagements—conservation of biotic life and habitats into alignment with campaigns for environmental justice. The lecture will largely focus on my nearly two-decades-long engagement with Arctic Alaska, a place imminently threatened by various oil and gas development projects—onshore, nearshore, and offshore—that are being fast-tracked by the Trump administration, the Alaska Congressional delegation, and the State of Alaska—all of which collectively threaten to destroy vital biological nurseries of global significance and impact food security and violate human rights of the indigenous peoples. I’ll also highlight how multispecies justice connects Arctic Alaska with Tropical Asia—and other places near and far.

Subhankar Banerjee, “once a physicist”, is a self-taught artist and writer, and an accidental activist. He is Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor of Art & Ecology, with additional appointments in the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies and the Sustainability Studies Program, at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He is author of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land; editor of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point; and recently started work on co-editing, with T.J. Demos and Emily Eliza Scott, a forthcoming volume provisionally titled “Routledge Companion to Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change”; and on invitation from Routledg


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