The Fire This Time: Black & Indigenous Ecologies

February 25, 2021 | Burke Museum

The Fire This Time: Black & Indigenous Ecologies

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
1–3 PM PT

In the past year, the world witnessed devastating fire seasons in Australia and the U.S. West, an Atlantic hurricane season with a record thirty storms, and a global pandemic. In each of these cases, among the losses of many, marginalized communities have borne the brunt of cascading environmental catastrophes, experiencing loss of lands and significant costs to community health and wellness. This panel, composed of leading Black and Indigenous archaeologists and artists, considers what it means to confront the challenges of a changing climate alongside the legacies of environmental racism. How does our understanding of past and present ecologies allow us to imagine new ethics of care and responsibility for all of our relations? And what shared obligations do such ethics create for archaeological practice?

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Isabel Rivera-Collazo, PhD, Assistant Professor on Biological, Ecological and Human Adaptation to Climate Change, UC San Diego

Kristina Douglass, PhD, Joyce and Doug Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics Institute and Assistant Professor of Anthropology and African Studies, Penn State University

Justin Hosbey, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Emory University

Jerrel Singer, Diné Artist

Moderated by Peter Nelson (Coast Miwok and citizen of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria), PhD, Assistant Professor of ESPM and Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

CART captioning provided by Lori Stavropoulos

Sponsored by the Society of Black Archaeologists, Indigenous Archaeology Collective, Museum of Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Michigan, Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Material Studies, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and SAPIENS

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The webinar will stream live on this page on Wednesday, March 3, 1–3 PM PT
(4–6 PM EDT) and can be viewed on this page after the webinar is over.