Overheating seminar with Ghassan Hage: Is Racism an Environmental Threat?
Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne
Phenomena such as overwhelming air pollution and extreme weather events with catastrophic consequences, experienced as signs of a domestication of nature gone awry, are happening side by side with phenomena such as uncontrollable flow of asylum seekers, “unassimilable” immigrants, and Islamist terror organizations, perceived as signs of a growing disorder in the racialized colonial and/or neo-colonial order.
There is an entanglement of racial and ecological crises everywhere around the world. At the same time the two crises share some important similarities.
This presentation examines the relation between the racial and the ecological dis/order that we are facing today and asks whether there is more than a mere conjuncture of similarly structured phenomena that unites them.