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McLester Lecture: “Earth Crises and Post-Apocalyptic Futures: Visionary Landscapes in Northern Peru” by Ana Mariella Bacigalupo

January 31 @ 3:30 pm

One of the greatest challenges of our current climate crises is overcoming our anthropocentrism, our sole focus on human welfare and justice between humans. What could be the implications for our climate of truly decentering the human? How might our ideas of politics and justice be extended to the nonhuman, and what role is there for more-than-humans in defining and advocating for collective ethics and community justice? And what kinds of post-apocalyptic visions could trigger our moral responsibility to the earth? I analyze these questions through northern Peruvian shamans’ anti-anthropocentric eschatological narratives. Imbued with scientific climate change discourses, these narratives can offer us a collective vision of humanity’s future as climate change ravages the world. Shamanic practices heal the epistemic fractures we have inherited between humans and particular ecosystems, between time and place, and between the geopolitical and the ecological. By decentering the human, Peruvian shamans help us gain awareness of the inevitable end of not only the space-time of modern industrial civilization but of humanity as a whole, even as a world will continue to exist without us. When we accept that humanity will ultimately be destroyed by climate change events, a path forward opens to us in which we mitigate our suffering by engaging in ethical, reciprocal multispecies relationships that will then be reimagined in a post-apocalyptic world. By learning from Peruvian shamans who have found creative ways to survive multiple catastrophes, we can create a collective vision of the earth as subject and imagine new possibilities for collective engagement and the future.

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Date:
January 31
Time:
3:30 pm
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Presenter
Ana Mariella Bacigalupo
Presenter Details
Professor of Anthropology, SUNY Buffalo380 Academic Complex, Buffalo NY 14261 anab@buffalo.edu 716-645-3241