NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA) presents Ecologies of the Future Present. Vanessa Keith, author of 2100: A Dystopian Utopia / The City After Climate Change (UR, 2017), will be speaking on the first panel.
"Future projections of life on earth present us with an assemblage of various social and biophysical challenges: rising tides, population bursts, resource wars, mass extinction, climate refugees, and financial precarity. Often these challenges are conceptualized as various “crises,” contained via some as-yet unrealized future event - but what if we rather understood them as the already present structures that we live with and within, taking a lens to the actors and processes enabling what Rob Nixon has helpfully termed “slow violence?” How does this epistemological shift allow us to engage futurity in our present? Ecologies of the Future Present will explore the ways in which ecologies, species, bodies, and organisms are governed by an orientation toward the future, raising questions of accountability, vulnerability, risk, and crisis under capitalism and coloniality. Join us as we explore what it means to live with, plan for and resist within ecologies of the future present."