Laura Ogden: "Loss and Wonder at the World’s End"
The Departmental Seminar Series features Laura Ogden, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College.
This seminar will be a hybrid seminar where you can participate in person or via Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting.
Laura A. Ogden will present from her new book entitled Loss and Wonder at the World’s End (Duke 2021). In the book, she brings together animals, people, and things— from beavers, stolen photographs, lichen, American explorers, and bird song--to catalog the ways environmental change and colonial history are entangled in the Fuegian Archipelago of southernmost Chile and Argentina. Ogden archives forms of loss—including territory, language, sovereignty, and life itself—as well as forms of wonder, or moments when life continues to flourish even in the ruins of these devastations.
Her account draws on long-term ethnographic research with settler and Indigenous communities; archival photographs; explorer journals; as well as experiments in natural history and performance studies. Loss and Wonder at the World’s End frames environmental change as imperialism’s shadow, a darkness cast upon the Earth in the wake of other losses.