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Extractivism Revisited: A Panel with Laurie Palmer and Orlando Bentancor

Date and Time: 
Monday, November 13, 2017. 05:45 PM - 07:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Pigott Hall, Building 260, Room 216
The Environmental Humanities Project
Meeting Description: 

Professor Palmer’s talk, "Sedimental Advocacy" will explore some of the contradictions involved in advocating for the rights of nature in courts of law as a strategy to stem the tide of extractive practices, and address the specific and local situation of “advocating” for an underground shale formation in a legal battle in Monterey County.

Professor Bentancor's talk "Wars Over Water: An Eco-Perspectival Approach" will discuss the struggle for political and environmental control of the Andean world and its relationship with the models with which water is conceived. These models, or modes of understanding the materiality of water are informed by ambivalent metaphors. By employing an eco-perspectival approach that shifts between ecological and economic symbolic formations, this talk will focus on the impasses that emerge out of the failure to master, dominate, and commodify water.

Laurie Palmer is a professor of art at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Laurie Palmer’s work is concerned with material explorations of matter’s active nature as it asserts itself on different scales and in different speeds, and with collaborating on strategic actions in the contexts of social and environmental justice.

Orlando Bentancor is assistant professor of Spanish and Latin American cultures at Barnard College. His main interests include colonial Latin American literature and intellectual history; Latin American philosophy; literature, science, and technology; and the Bolivian Andes.