War, Race and Empire with Amitav Ghosh
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?