“Political Ecology and Postgrowth Futures” by Luis I. Prádanos (Iñaki)
In the last few decades population sizes of wildlife decreased by 60% globally. Is it really smart to educate people to technologically and theoretically refine a system that operates by undermining the conditions of possibility for our biophysical survival? Is it smart to make a destructive system smarter, more sophisticated, and more efficient? Most classroom practices, curriculum content, and departmental programs across academic disciplines are designed as if the answer to these questions would be “yes”. To challenge this inertia, I have designed a teaching method that I call “The Pedagogy of Degrowth” as well as a research agenda based on environmental humanities and the concept of Postgrowth Imaginaries.
Luis I. Prádanos (Iñaki) is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Miami University (Ohio). His research focuses on ecocritical theory and environmental humanities in relation to Contemporary Iberian cultures. He is the author of Postgrowth Imaginaries. New Ecologies and Counterhegemonic Culture in Post-2008 Spain (Liverpool University Press, 2018).
Wednesday, February 24 at 4:00pm to 5:00pmVirtual Event