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All Derangements, Great and Small: A Roundtable Discussion with Amitav Ghosh

Nov 2, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for a roundtable with Amitav Ghosh featuring Richard Grusin (Center for 21st Century Studies), Arijit Sen (SARUP), Jasmine Alinder (History), Rina Ghose (Geography), and Anne Bonds (Geography).

Amitav Ghosh roundtableAcclaimed novelist Amitav Ghosh’s most recent book frames our collective failure to imagine and address climate change, in literature in particular, as “the great derangement.” In this roundtable discussion, panelists respond to and raise new questions about the less-explored relationship between climate change—the great, inconceivable derangement—and smaller, more mundane and quotidian ecological derangements, discontents, and resistances. These small derangements include narratives of structural violence and inequities, urban disinvestments, everyday art and other spatial practices. Panelists will discuss how fields such as urban studies, history, critical theory, architecture, and art can offer small-scale responses and strategies of resistance to climate change.




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Suggested reading:

Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Arijit Sen, “Picturing Milwaukee: Urban Public Space in the Age of the Anthropocene” (from Placing the Golden Spike: Landscapes of the Anthropocene, Exhibition Catalog, Institute of Visual Arts, INOVA, March 26-June 13, 2015, eds. Dehlia Hannah and Sara Karjewski, (Oregon: Publication Studio, 2015), 136-148.)

Richard Grusin, “The Radical Mediation of Life in the Anthropocene,” Thinking C21 (blog).

Myra Hird and Alexander Zahara, “The Arctic Wastes” (from Anthropocene Feminism, ed. Richard Grusin. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.)


This event is sponsored by the Vilas Trust and Institute of World Affairs.

Co-sponsors: Boswell Book Company, Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Center for 21st Century Studies, the Humanities Division of the College of Letters & Sciences, Creative Writing at the Department of English, Cultures & Communities, Department of Anthropology, Department of Geography, Humanities Division of the College of Letters and Science, Urban Studies Programs


Nov 2, 2018
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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