Disruption, Community, and Resilient Governance: Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene
Monday 23 May 2016, 16:00 - 18:00
Who should attend?
This is a talk open to anyone with an interest in Environmental Politics.
The lecture will be recorded via Echo 360.
What is the event about?
An open talk from Professor David Schlosberg, Professor of Environmental Politics, University of Sydney.
To date, the social science and humanities literature on the Anthropocene has been fairly lacking in considerations of justice implications of the idea and age. The argument here is that the injustice of the Anthropocene will come with two kinds of disruptions to communities – and community relationships with environment.
On the one hand, the slow violence of environmental deterioration, as Rob Nixon has called it, will continue to inequitably undermine the cultures, food, land, and health of vulnerable communities. Simultaneously, these disruptions will also come quickly, in singular events like Katrina, wildfires, and heatwaves.
The Anthropocene will disrupt both human and human/nonhuman connections and communities, undermining a key need and demand of environmental justice – attachments to community and to place. I conclude with suggestions for, and examples of, just adaptation and environmental governance that take attachment seriously.
Everyone is welcome to attend and there are four parts to the lecture:
16.00 – Introduction from Professor Neil Adger
16.05 - Public talk from Professor David Schlosberg
17.30 - Networking and drinks reception
18.00 - End of event
David Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute. He is known internationally for his work in environmental politics, environmental movements, and political theory - in particular the intersection of the three with his work on environmental justice. He is the author, most recently, of Defining Environmental Justice (Oxford, 2007); co-author of Climate-Challenged Society (Oxford, 2013); and co-editor of both The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society (Oxford 2011), and The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory (Oxford 2016).
His most recent article, on ‘The New Environmentalism of Everyday Life’ is available open access from Contemporary Political Theory. Professor Schlosberg’s current research includes work on climate justice - in particular justice in adaptation strategies and policies, and the question of human obligations of justice to the nonhuman realm. He is also examining the sustainable practices of new environmental movement groups – in particular their attention to flows of power and goods in relation to food, energy, and sustainable fashion. And he continues with theoretical work at the interface of justice, democracy, and human/nonhuman relations in the Anthropocene.
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