Gund Tea - Adrian Ivakhiv: Navigating Earth's 'Zone of Alienation': Chernobyl and the Search for Adequate Images of the Anthropocene
This talk will propose some imagistic and narrative tools for thinking the Anthropocene, the current "Age of the Human." Grounded in research on Chernobyl and other socio-ecological "sacrifice zones", I will propose that the Anthropocene may best be thought of as a "time out of joint," a time marked by a geography in which "zones of alienation" and of resistance -- from Chernobyl and Fukushima to the hurricane, drought, fire, and floodscapes of climate change and the conflict zones of carbon capitalism (like Standing Rock, North Dakota) -- become key sites of struggle over the future of the Earth. At the heart of this struggle is the need to create what filmmaker Werner Herzog has called "adequate images" for our time.
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