French Author On Tour: Malcom Ferdinand

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Decolonial Ecology by Malcom Ferdinand
Malcom Ferdinand will be on tour from April 18 to May 2, 2022 for the promotion of his "A Decolonial Ecology: Thinking from the Caribbean World" published by Polity Press in the Spring of 2022.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born and raised in Martinique, Malcom Ferdinand is a civil and environmental engineer (University College London) and a doctor in political philosophy (Université Paris Diderot). He is currently a researcher in the fields of political ecology and environmental humanities at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and based at the University Paris Dauphine-PSL. He is the author of Une écologie décoloniale (2019), of which an English translation is available under the title A Decolonial Ecology: Thinking from the Caribbean World (Polity Books, 2021).

Decolonial Ecology by Malcom Ferdinand

ABOUT A Decolonial Ecology: Thinking from the Caribbean World 

Polity Press | Translated by Anthony Paul Smith

The world is in the midst of a storm that has shaped the history of modernity along a double fracture: on the one hand, an environmental fracture driven by a technocratic and capitalist civilization that led to the ongoing devastation of the Earth’s ecosystems and its human and non-human communities and, on the other, a colonial fracture instilled by Western colonization and imperialism that resulted in racial slavery and the domination of indigenous peoples and women in particular.

In this important new book, Malcom Ferdinand challenges this double fracture, thinking from the Caribbean world. Here, the slave ship reveals the inequalities that continue during the storm: some are shackled inside the hold and even thrown overboard at the first gusts of wind. Drawing on empirical and theoretical work in the Caribbean, Ferdinand conceptualizes a decolonial ecology that holds protecting the environment together with the political struggles against (post)colonial domination, structural racism, and misogynistic practices.

Facing the storm, this book is an invitation to build a world-ship where humans and non-humans can live together on a bridge of justice and shape a common world. It will be of great interest to students and scholars in environmental humanities and Latin American and Caribbean studies, as well as anyone interested in ecology, slavery, and (de)colonization. More info

 

SUGGESTED LECTURE

The world is in the midst of a storm that has shaped the history of modernity along a double fracture: on the one hand, an environmental fracture driven by a technocratic and capitalist civilization that led to the ongoing devastation of the Earth’s ecosystems and its human and non-human communities and, on the other, a colonial fracture instilled by Western colonization and imperialism that resulted in racial slavery and the domination of indigenous peoples and women in particular. In this important new book, Malcom Ferdinand challenges this double fracture, thinking from the Caribbean world. Drawing on empirical and theoretical work, Ferdinand conceptualizes a decolonial ecology that holds protecting the environment together with the political struggles against (post)colonial domination, structural racism, and misogynistic practices. Facing the storm, this book is an invitation to build a world-ship where humans and non-humans can live together on a bridge of justice and shape a common world. 

 

For more information please email Anne-Sophie Hermil

 

 

 

PROGRAM

April 19: La Salle University, Philadelphia

APRIL 20: Columbia University, New York, NY

APRIL 21: Atlanta, GA

APRIL 22: Emory University, Atlanta, GA

April 23: Montgomery, AL

April 26: Boston University

APRIL 27: MIT, Cambridge, MA

 

To request a talk by the author please fill out the online form.