Friday, March 31 · 12 – 2pm
Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society 5701 South Woodlawn Avenue Chicago, IL 60637
Jennifer Wenzel (Columbia University) will open this talk by positing Julie Livingston’s slim parable Self-Devouring Growth: A Planetary Parable as Told from Southern Africa as a salutary counterpoint to Andreas Malm’s Fossil Capital, a sprawling, even novelistic account of the emergence of fossil capitalism within nineteenth century Britain. This contrapuntal approach – thinking between Global North and Global South – underwrites Wenzel’s consideration of fossil-fueled mobility as a highly uneven terrain of social imagination and political contestation. What is the relationship between slowness and speed? How can growth be self-sustaining and self-devouring at the same time? And what is the role of incremental change in an exponential world?
This lecture is presented as part of the Fossil Capitalism in the Global South research project at the Neubauer Collegium.