AMS Workshop: Andrew Curley

Mon, Nov 16, 2020, 12:00 pm
via Zoom
RSVP Required:
Program in American Studies


Authors: Andrew Curley and Sara Smith

For a decade, geography has been grappling with a proliferation of cenes: the Anthropocene, the Capitalocene, the Plantationocene. Through the theorization of each of these cenes, human impact on global ecologies is defined in epochs, paying particular attention to industrialization, the expansion of global capitalism, or changes in agriculture and land use practices. We contend that climate activism is built on Eurocentric timelines that still centers whiteness, denying Indigenous and Black sovereignty and entrenching colonial capitalist practices on marginalized communities for another generation. To move beyond the cenes, we focus on Indigenous and Black accountings of the environments, letting these narratives ground our understanding of our histories and futures.

About Andrew Curley

Indigenous nations continue to thrive despite decades of forced removal, land dispossession, and economic underdevelopment. Within Indigenous communities, extractive industries produce a particular kind of colonizing relationship that expands social difference and creates new cultural understandings of resources.

The social forces at work are neither static nor two-dimensional. They are dynamic, contradictory, and counter-intuitive. My research focuses on the everyday incorporation of Indigenous nations into colonial economies. Building on ethnographic research, my publications speak to how Indigenous communities understand coal, energy, land, water, infrastructure, and development in an era of energy transition and climate change.


This virtual workshop will convene via Zoom. Email Jordan Dixon to register and receive the pre-distributed paper and Zoom link the week before the event.