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Approaching Extinction, A Symposium: Day 1

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
10:30 am
Shriver Dolibois Room

The Environmental Humanities Research Cluster is hosting a symposium, “Approaching Extinction, Contesting Extinction,” at Miami University, with keynote lectures by Kathryn Yusoff (Department of Geography, Queen Mary University of London) and Wesley Leonard, (Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California–Riverside).

Recent studies indicate that a mass species extinction is well underway on our planet. Wildlife populations have decreased by 60% in the last few decades and 70% of agricultural diversity has disappeared. By investigating entanglements between life extinction and political imagination as well as social drivers and cultural dimensions of extinction, we hope to generate strategies for countering or mobilizing fears about death and extinction and enabling collective response and action.

10:30am
Myaamia Center
Welcome & Presentation
Shriver Dolibois Room

11:30am
Leonardo Figueroa Helland & Abigail Perez Aguilera, The New School
“Decolonize, Reindigenize: The Biocultural Diversity Crisis and Indigenous Resurgence”
Shriver Dolibois Room

1:30pm
Marjolein Oele, University of San Francisco
“Philosophizing Extinction: On the Loss of World, and the Possibility of Rebirth through the Language of the Sea”
Shriver Dolibois Room

4:30pm
Keynote Address: Kathryn Yusoff
“The Inhumanities”
Followed by reception
Shriver Dolibois Room

Approaching Extinction, Contesting Extinction is funded by a Humanities Research Collaborative Grant from the Miami University Humanities Center and a grant from Athabasca University. Please direct all inquiries about the volume and symposium to envhum@miamioh.edu.

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