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Transpacific Ecologies: Gentrification of the Seas

September 19, 2019 @ 3:30 pm

How does global racial capitalism continue to extract profit from scenes of environmental degradation — of dead corals, rising sea levels, and ongoing militarism in and across the Pacific? In this talk, Dr. Bahng interrogates the politics of land reclamation projects in the South China Sea and the Marshall Islands as forms of marine gentrification. If contemporary forms of international environmentalism focusing on resource management and so-called green development projects, Bahng takes interest in how a decolonial, feminist approach to ecological thought might reorient planetary futures.

Aimee Bahng is an assistant professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at Pomona College. She is the author of Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times (Duke UP, 2018), which recently won the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Book Prize. With teaching and research interests at the conjuncture of transnational Asian/American cultural studies and feminist-queer science and technology studies, she has published a range of articles on techno-Orientalism and Asian/American speculative fiction. She is currently working on another book manuscript, tentatively titled “Transpacific Ecologies,” from which she will speak today.

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Bahng Poster


September 19, 2019
3:30 pm
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