Monday, March 21, 2022
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
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With generous support from the Darwish Chair in Palestinian Studies.
About the Lecture
Recent Anthropocene commentaries have argued that as humans have become decisively entangled in natural systems, they became a geological species-agent aware of its own place in the deep history of planetary time. The recognition of the brevity and paucity of human history, coupled with the risk of collective extinction humans face, poses distinctive questions around justice and sovereignty for human and non-human forms of life. On the one hand, it has been argued that the Anthropocene should carry the seeds for a pre-political, ethical consciousness. The latter is essential to pave the way for a progressive construction of a common world, beyond particularistic justice claims. On the other hand, the appreciation of human-nature entanglements has brought to the fore ontological questions about non human-lives’ voice in the political order. In this paper, Ruba Saleh approaches the debate from the vantage point of the already extinct: Palestinian refugees and their ecologies.
Funding courtesy of the Mahmoud Darwish Chair in Palestinian Studies at Brown University