Mimi Sheller to give the Society and Space lecture at the 2018 American Association of Geographers conference

This is another lecture I’m sorry to miss – Mimi Sheller to give the Society and Space lecture at the 2018 American Association of Geographers conference

We are delighted to announce that Mimi Sheller, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University, will give the Society and Space lecture at the 2018 AAG meeting in New Orleans.

The talk is titled “Caribbean Futures in the Offshore Anthropocene: Debt, Disaster, and Duration,” and is scheduled for Wednesday April 11th from 3:20pm to 5pm in Napoleon C3 of the Sheraton Hotel (3rd floor). Sharlene Mollett, Beverley Mullingsand Marion Werner will act as respondents, and here is the abstract:

“The devastating impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria across the Caribbean (wiping out homes and farms, roads and bridges, ports and airports, electricity and communications infrastructure, and water, food, fuel, and medical provisioning systems, especially in Barbuda, Dominica, Puerto Rico, St Martin/St Maarten, and parts of the British and US Virgin Islands) are haunting reminders and urgent harbingers of a world of climate disaster, halting recovery, and impossible futures. Being at the leading edge of the global capitalist exploitation of people and other living and non-living beings in a world-spanning system of vast inequity and severe injustice, Caribbean thinkers, writers, poets, philosophers, activists, and artists have long lived with, dwelt upon, and offered answers to the problem of being human after Man, as Sylvia Wynter puts it. The question is: what kinds of human, non-human, and island futures can exist here? This talk will address the uneven origins, experiences, and outcomes of Caribbean climate collapse in the disjuncture between four spatio-temporal realities: 1) the extended mobilities of “planetary urbanization” with its Caribbean-based operational landscapes of oil extraction, refining, and primary mining; 2) the accelerated mobilities of “virtual islands” of tourist fantasy, tax havens, offshore banking, financialized debt, vulture hedge funds, and cyber-property markets; 3) the decelerating “islanding effect” of politically fragmented poverty, public debt, austerity, borders, and external humanitarian aid systems; and lastly 4) the durational mobilities of Amerindian survival, Maroon escape, socialist experiments, cultural survival, and diaspora solidarity.”

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