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Environmental Art Humanities: Narrating Nature

 Environmental Art Humanities: Narrating Nature

Incredible event coming soon to Duke!

Environmental | Art | Humanities: Narrating Nature Symposium



Thursday, March 31, 2016

5:00pm – 8:00pm | Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, C105, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse

(0) On the Politics of Plants | 5:00pm. Reception

5:30pm. Film: Abel. By Fernando Arias Gaviria. 17min.

Discussion with Abel Rodríguez, Indigenous leader of the Nanuya Nation (Colombian Amazon) and María Clara Van der Hammen, Anthropologist, Tropenbos International.

Respondent: Walter Mignolo, Literature & Romance Studies, Duke & Marisol de la Cadena, Anthropology, University of California Davis


Friday, April 1, 2016  

9:00am - 5:30pm

Holsti-Anderson Room, Rubenstein Library. Duke West Campus

9:15am - 10:45am: (1) Environmental Governance 

Carlos A. Rodriguez, Carlos A. Rodriguez, Program Director of Tropenbos International Colombia

Decision Making, Traditional Knowledge and Global Governance

Fernando Restrepo, Fundación Cine Documental Acción Social.

Documenting River Guardians – social and environmental action.

Respondent: Arturo Escobar, Anthropology. UNC-CH 

10:45am - 11:15am: Break

11:15am - 12:45pm: (2) Critical Zones: Flows and Bodies

Christine Siebe, Universidad Autónoma de Mexico

Waste Waters, Soil, and Community Impact

Fernando Arias, Visual artist, director and co-funder More Art, More Action (mas arte mas acción)

The Atrato and the Amazon: a visual exploration 

Respondent: Dan Richter, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke (TBC)

12:45pm - 1:45pm: Lunch (registration only)

1:45pm-3:30pm: (3) ENHU Futures

Astrid Ulloa, Director Working Group on Culture and Nature. Universidad Nacional de Colombia. 

Climate Change, Cultures, Territories and Relational Knowledges.

Gisela Heffes, Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture. Rice University.

Trash Matters: Residual Culture in Latin America. 

Respondent: Christine Folch, Cultural Anthropology. Duke University 

3:30pm - 3:45pm: Break

3:45pm – 5:45pm: (4) Energy(ies), Species & Culture

Introduced by Priscilla Wald. Duke Initiative in Environment Arts & Humanities. English and Women Studies

Imre Szeman, Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies and Professor of English, Film Studies and Sociology at the University of Alberta. 

Living After Oil

Stacy Alaimo, English UT Arlington. Director of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Minor

The Anthropocene at Sea: Temporality, Paradox, Compression

Respondent: Dalia Patino-Echeverri. Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke


A Humanities Futures Event. Organized by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Nicholas School of the Environment, and the Duke Initiative in Environment Arts, and the Humanities. Sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute. Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, Cultural Anthropology at Duke and the Anthropology Department at UNC-CH, The Abya Yala Working Group, and the Working Group Environment on Latin America (WGELA) at the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Duke University Trillium Project in Sustainability

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (the symposium is free and open to the public)

See the website for more details, contact information, and to register:



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