Thinking with Submerged Perspectives: Disappearing Archipelagos and Indigen...

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Public lecture delivered by Macarena Gómez-Barris, Pratt Institute

In this talk, I address the trans-Pacific South and Patagonia as non-normative territories. What does it mean to think climate change with the Ona and Selk’nam peoples in the occupied territories Southern Chile and Argentina? What forms of historical representation elude the project of decolonization? How can we complicate the narrative of disappearance through ecological narratives of cultural memory, place, and the extractive view? I analyze a photographic archive to discuss how we might redefine the history of disappearance in the Americas and its significance for us all.


Macarena Gómez-Barris is author of Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile (UC Press 2010), The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives (Duke University Press 2017), and Beyond the Pink Tide: Artistic and Political Undercurrents in the Americas (UC Press 2018). She is co-editor with Herman Gray of Towards A Sociology of a Trace (University of Minnesota Press 2010) and co-editor with Licia Fiol-Matta of Las Américas Quarterly, a special issue of American Quarterly (Fall 2014). Her new book project is At the Sea’s Edge: On Coloniality and the Oceanic. Her essays have appeared in Antipode, Social Text, GLQ, Journal of Cinema and Media Studies as well as numerous other venues and art catalogues. She has been a Visiting Professor at New York University and a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at FLACSO-Quito. She publishes on decolonial praxis, space and memory, and submerged perspectives. She is founder and Director of the Global South Center, and Chairperson of the Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute.

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