Intersectional Ecologies Working Group – “The Extractive Zone”

Friday, Apr 22, 2022 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am

VIRTUAL - Zoom Webinar

Intersectional Ecologies Spring 2022 FlyerIntersectional Ecologies: Spatial Practices, Pedagogies, Imaginations Working Group
The Extractive Zone
with Macarena Gomez Barris (Professor and Dean in Liberal Arts and Science at the Pratt Institute)

Zoom Webinar – Please email us to register at intersectionalecologies@gmail.com.

In her book The Extractive Zone, Macarena Gómez-Barris traces the political, aesthetic, and performative practices that emerge in opposition to the ruinous effects of extractive capital. The work of Indigenous activists, intellectuals, and artists in spaces Gómez-Barris labels extractive zones—majority indigenous regions in South America noted for their biodiversity and long history of exploitative natural resource extraction—resist and refuse the terms of racial capital and the continued legacies of colonialism. Extending decolonial theory with race, sexuality, and critical Indigenous studies, Gómez-Barris develops new vocabularies for alternative forms of social and political life. She shows how from Colombia to southern Chile artists like filmmaker Huichaqueo Perez and visual artist Carolina Caycedo formulate decolonial aesthetics. She also examines the decolonizing politics of a Bolivian anarcho-feminist collective and a coalition in eastern Ecuador that protects the region from oil drilling. In so doing, Gómez-Barris reveals the continued presence of colonial logics and locates emergent modes of living beyond the boundaries of destructive extractive capital. Published by Duke University Press.   Learn more.

The Intersectional Ecologies working group is supported with grants from the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Center for Race and Gender, the Draper Architectural History Research Fund and the Arcus Chair of Gender, Sexuality & the Built Environment at the Architecture Department at UC Berkeley.

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