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Fisher Center: Yusoff Explores Human Geology

The 2015-16 speaker series sponsored by the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men will continue its examination of the theme “Gender, Climate, and the Anthropocene” on Wednesday, Feb. 24, with Kathryn Yusoff’s talk “Towards the Idea of a Black Anthropocene.”

Since atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen popularized the term in 2000, the “Anthropocene” has become a political marker, designating the epoch in which human actions began to have geologic impact. For 2015-16, the Fisher Center is investigating the gendered dimensions of the Anthropocene; considering where we are geologically as a species; raising up the movements and creative responses crucial to politics in the Anthropocene; and highlighting local activism and mapping the global terrain of the current struggle for climate justice.

A senior lecturer in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London, Yusoff will trace the historiography of Colonial Man to Anthropocene Man in order to frame the “Geology of Mankind” as a privileged subjective space of biopolitical consideration.

Yusoff’s work focuses on political aesthetics, social theory and abrupt environmental change. Her current book addresses questions of “Geologic Life” within the Anthropocene. Drawing on insights from contemporary feminist philosophy, critical human geography, and the earth sciences, she is interested in the opportunities the Anthropocene presents for rethinking the interactions between the earth sciences and human geography.

Yusoff’s talk is free and open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. in the Fisher Center, Demarest Hall Room 212.

The Fisher Center brings together faculty, students, and experts in gender-related fields in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary society. Building upon their long-held commitment to interdisciplinary liberal arts education for men and women, both separately and together, Hobart and William Smith Colleges established (in 1998) the Fisher Center to support curricular, programmatic, and scholarly projects which address the question: How do we more nearly realize, through our educational program, scholarship, and presence in the larger community, our democratic ideals of equity, mutual respect, and common interest in relations between men and women.