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Humanities without Boundaries Lecture, Gabrielle Hecht

February 20 @ 7:30 pm

Humanities without Boundaries Lecture, Gabrielle Hecht

Free and open to the public.


This event is part of the Spring 2019 Sawyer Seminar Series: Interrogating the Plantationocene

Gabrielle Hecht’s Humanities Without Boundaries talk examines mine waste in South Africa, suggesting that African Anthropocenes prefigure planetary futures. These futures are configured by residual governance: governance of residues, governance as afterthought, and governance that makes people and places residual.

Gabrielle Hecht is Frank Stanton Foundation Professor of Nuclear Security at Stanford University, where she is affiliated with the Department of History and the Center for International Security and Cooperation. She works at the intersection of history, anthropology, and STS. Her book Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade won awards in STS, African history, and other fields. She is presently working on a series of essays around the theme Toxic Tales from the African Anthropocene.

With generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar program, and support from the Center for Humanities, the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, and the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


February 20
7:30 pm
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