At the Island’s Edge: Living and Learning Within Intersectional Ecologies
Part of the Social Life of Climate Change Seminar Series.
Dr Amelia Moore, Department of Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island
Centered around my experiences as a woman of color in the American academy, this talk spans eighteen years of research, exploring three projects that have shaped the way I think and work as an anthropologist of the Anthropocene. Studying interdisciplinary conservation science in The Bahamas revealed the contours of the Anthropocene Islands. Working with a coral restoration project in Indonesia made me aware of the techno-politics of witnessing. And learning to look beyond offshore wind farms in order to begin to see the island of Manisses in the state of Rhode Island brought forward collaborations and connections I hadn’t known I needed. Today, I am a small part of a network of diverse scholars who argue that we gain analytic and ethical insight from the intersections of theory, history, geography, social difference, ways of knowing, lived experiences, and forms of being. I will conclude by sharing how some of those insights have come to matter for my own situated academic practice.
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This seminar series is co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and Environment, the Department of Sociology and the Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.