Co-sponsored by the CCA MFA in Writing Program.
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Lesley Green is the founding director of Environmental Humanities South and an associate professor of Anthropology in the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is the editor of Contested Ecologies: Dialogues in the South on Nature and Knowledge (Human Sciences Research Council Press, 2013) and co-author, with David Green, of Knowing the Day, Knowing the World: Engaging Amerindian Thought in Public Archaeology (Arizona University Press, 2013). Her new book Rock, Water, Life: Science, Environmentalism and Decoloniality in South Africa is coming out in 2018.
Her work focuses on the intersection of science studies, anthropology and philosophy in the anthropocene, and her current research work spans fisheries, energy policy, and ecological modeling. Her talk, Ocean Regime Shift, will discuss the complex nexus of ecological and political issues surrounding Cape Town's water and sanitation infrastructure. Green argues that the separate conceptualization and management of terrestrial and marine environments are damaging ocean health and fisheries, calling instead for an integrative approach to ocean and city management that addresses both extinctions and expulsions.