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Dr. Carolyn Fornoff: “Land Defense and Counterfactual Mourning” – Watch!

For our first event of the Spring quarter, materia hosted a lecture and discussion with Prof. Carolyn Fornoff on her new book, Subjunctive Aesthetics: Mexican Cultural Production in the Era of Climate Change. Prof. Fornoff presented for about 40 minutes, followed by a Q&A session. You can watch the 40-minute presentation here. Presenter: Prof. Carolyn Fornoff (Cornell University) Title: Land...

Graduate Student Environmental Humanities Research Fair – January 31st

materia is thrilled to announce our first event of 2024, an Environmental Humanities Graduate Student Research Fair. materia is a DLCL Research Unit focused on anthropodecentrisms, Latin Americanist and otherwise. Our 2023-24 yearly theme is narratives of the sociotechnical: infrastructure, telos, and scale. What: a unique opportunity to engage with advanced graduate students currently working with environmental humanities from a diverse...

“On the Emergence of an Ecological Class: a Memo” – Watch!

Last Fall, materia hosted a hybrid roundtable discussion of “On the Emergence of an Ecological Class: a Memo”, by Bruno Latour and Nikolaj Schultz, in collaboration with Bio/Geo/Cosmopolíticas and NYU – Buenos Aires. The event was held on Thursday, November 30th, at 9am PST/ 14h BsAs. It featured guests from several locations and perspectives: Noelia Billi...

Reading session: “On the Emergence of an Ecological Class: a Memo”

𝚖𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚊 is thrilled to invite you to our first event of the 2023-24 academic year: a hybrid roundtable discussion of "On the Emergence of an Ecological Class: a Memo", by Bruno Latour and Nikolaj Schultz, in collaboration with Bio/Geo/Cosmopolíticas and NYU - Buenos Aires. The event will be held on Thursday, November 30th, at 9am PST/ 14h BsAs. This international panel...

International Symposium: “Narratives of the Sociotechnical”

materia International Symposium Date: Friday, May 5th 9am-5pm; Saturday, May 6th 9am-12:30pm, 2023 Place: Bolívar House (Center for Latin American Studies), 582 Alvarado Row Description: On May 5th and May 6th, the DLCL Research Unit materia hosted a two-day symposium, bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and art practitioners to discuss the role of narrative in and...

Literatures of Planetary Thresholds: Watch!

"Literatures of planetary thresholds", our last event of the Fall quarter 2022, focused on the role of literature and the imaginary in contexts where the so-called frontiers of "natural" spaces are being re-thought and redefined. It took place in Pigott Hall 252, on November 17, 2022, at noon, featuring Christian Galdón (Univ. Paris 1...

Framing Law & Humanities (Day 2): Watch!

"The Rights of Nature and the Imagination," the second session of the two-day event "Framing Law and Humanities in/from the Global South," centered on the juridical personhood of nature, nonhuman rights, and the role of cultural production in conceptualizing these problems. The session, which took place on March 3 2022 via Zoom, featured: Alberto...

Framing Law & Humanities (Day 1): Watch!

The first session of the two-day event "Framing Law & Humanities in/from the Global South" entailed a four-speaker roundtable, featuring: Diana Esther Guzmán Rodríguez (Associate Professor of Law, Universidad Nacional de Colombia), Leila Neti, (Professor of English, Occidental College), Beth Piatote (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Native American Studies, UC Berkeley), and Marco...

Extraction & Extinction: Watch!

Thomas Moynihan (historian) and Carolina Caycedo (artist) discussed the relationship between extraction and extinction in connection with the notion of political ecology. This event took place on February 10, 2022 via Zoom.