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Spanning multiple fields and methodologies, internationally acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh will draw on his latest book, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, to present a talk entitled War, Race and Empire in the Anthropocene: Some Occluded Aspects of Climate Change on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at the Tempe Center for the Arts (700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85821) at 7:00 pm. A short Q&A and a book signing will follow the talk. While this event is open to the public and free, please note that seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. RSVP's do not guarantee a seat.
About the Talk
Over the last several hundred years, human activity has impacted the world in such a dramatic way that scientists have defined a new geological era--the Anthropocene--marking the place where industrialization created irreversible changes in the ecology of planet Earth. While this discourse has generated a host of renewed solutions to the challenges of climate change, they tend to be posed in terms of carbon economies, engineering, and other technocratic or capitalistic frameworks. More importantly, the geographic and political contexts are left out. What other frameworks can be used to address the subject? How has Western ideology and empire shaped the landscape of global warming? What are we not talking about when we talk about climate change?
Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Alexandria and is the author of The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines,In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, Sea of Poppies, and most recently, River of Smoke (2011), which is the second volume of a projected series of novels, The Ibis Trilogy. The Circle of Reason was awarded France’s Prix Médicis in 1990, and The Shadow Lines won two presitigious Indian prizes the same year, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar. The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C. Clarke award for 1997 and The Glass Palace won the International e-Book Award at the Frankfurt book fair in 2001. In 2005 The Hungry Tide won the Crossword Book Prize, and in 2008 Sea of Poppies was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and was awarded the Crossword Jury Prize and the IndiaPlaza Golden Quill Award. In 2015 River of Smoke was shortlisted for the International Man Booker Prize, and Flood of Fire was awarded the Crossword Jury Prize for fiction in 2016.
Amitav Ghosh’s work has been translated into more than two dozen languages and he has served on the Jury of the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland) and the Venice Film Festival (2001). Amitav Ghosh’s essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New Republic and The New York Times. His essays have been published by Penguin India (The Imam and the Indian) and Houghton Mifflin USA (Incendiary Circumstances). He has taught in many universities in India and the USA, including Delhi University, Columbia, Queens College and Harvard. In January 2007 he was given the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest honours, by the President of India. In 2010, Amitav Ghosh was awarded honorary doctorates by Queens College, New York, and the Sorbonne, Paris. Along with Margaret Atwood, he was also a joint winner of a Dan David Award for 2010. In 2011 he was awarded the Blue Metropolis Prize in Montreal and in 2016 he was elected an honorary fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tata Mumbai Literature Festival.