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1. The Extractive Zone: Cecilia Vicuña’s Social Ecologies by Macarena Gómez-Barris

The Extractive Zone: Cecilia Vicuña’s Social Ecologies by Macarena Gómez-Barris

Extending arguments in her recently published book The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives, Macarena Gómez-Barris considers performative engagement with oceanic space, its social ecologies, and its occupation by transnational mega-extractive industries. During a time of new authoritarianisms in the Américas, she shows how extractive capitalism reorganizes the Pacific Ocean into a normative geography, where questions of stewardship and governance become epiphenomenal to the primary condition of resource accumulation. How does New York-based and Mestiza artist Cecilia Vicuña sense the sea? How does she address the complexities of Indigeneity in the Global South? And, how might we think about Vicuña’s sea choreographies and similar radical artistic work as forms of embodiment that dissipate human, inhuman, and (after) nature divides? Macarena Gómez-Barris is Chairperson of the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute and Director of the Global South Center. She is author of The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives that theorizes social life through five extractive scenes of ruinous capitalism, especially upon Indigenous territories (Duke University Press, 2017). She is also the author of the forthcoming Beyond the Pink Tide: Art and Politics in the Américas (UC Press, 2018) and Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile (UC Press, 2009). She is co-author with Herman Gray of Towards a Sociology of a Trace (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), co-editor of emisférica with Marcial Godoy Anativia, and co-editor with Diana Taylor of Duke University Press series Dissident Acts. Macarena was a Fulbright fellow at Sociology and Gender Department in FLACSO Ecuador, Quito (2014-2015). This lecture is a part of the Decolonizing Vision Speaker Series at the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality This event is free & open to the public. Venue is accessible. Co-Sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.


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