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Anthropology Colloquium: Dana Powell

Friday, September 13, 2019 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

McGraw Hall, 215
740-750 University Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

"Unsettling Exceptionality and Ruin: Native Presence in the Anthropocene" 


In this talk, I address the politics of "ruin" and "loss" that are ascendent in posthumanist and political ecology analyses of life in the Anthropocene. Drawing on two decades of work with Navajo (Diné) environmental justice activists, I argue that paying close ethnographic attention to emerging practices of resilience including the work of Diné citizen scientists, highlights Native presence -- rather than absence -- in a manner that might enable us to rethink 'sustainability' on new grounds and pivot from an aesthetic of despair and erasure, to an aesthetic of possibility. 


Dr. Dana Powell is an associate Professor of Anthropology at Appalachian State University.  Dr. Powell was selected for a Cornell University Society for the Humanities (SOH) Fellowship for the 2019–20 academic year.   




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