Geography Webbynar #6 (2020-2021) – Pavithra Vasudevan on environmental racism and racial capitalism

How does race intersect with environmental toxicities? What forms of resistance coalesce in an environment peopled with “unruly natures”? How is nature weaponised for anti-Blackness?

For the second Geography Webbynar (formerly the Geography Brownbag Lecture Series) of the Second Semester A.Y. 2020-2021, the UP Department of Geography welcomes Dr Pavithra Vasudevan who will talk on An Intimate Inventory of Race and Waste on April 28 (Wednesday) 2021 at 9:30 AM Philippine Standard Time (April 27, Tuesday at 8:30 PM Central Time).

Dr Vasudevan sees intimacy as a crucial analytic for understanding racial capitalism as a political and ecological project in multiple spheres including the workplace, the home, the community and the landscape. Using the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) in Badin, North Carolina as case study, she argues that industrial toxicity produces an intimate monstrosity that complicates Black subjects’ relationship to racial oppression.

Dr. Pavithra Vasudevan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies and Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. She has a PhD in Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Dr. Vasudevan has received the Glenda Laws Award given by the American Association of Geographers (AAG) in 2021. The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to geographic research on social issues. She was awarded for her feminist-inspired, participatory action research that is bringing attention to environmental racism among Black communities in North Carolina.

Her latest publication is entitled “The domestic geopolitics of racial capitalism” with Sara Smith (Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space), 2020. She also made a short film on environmental racism called ‘Remembering Kearneytown’ (2016).

To register, please go to this link:

This talk is co-sponsored by the Philippine Geographical Society through the PGS Lecture Series.

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