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ENEC Seminar: Ms. Pavithra Vasudevan, UNC Geography Dept.

March 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Title: Searching in Aluminum’s Shadows: Black Geographies and Industrial Toxicity

Pavithra Vasudevan

Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Geography University of North Carolina

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

4:00 pm in room 3204 of Murray Hall, UNC
Refreshments served beforehand at 3:30 pm

[Live broadcast streamed to IMS in Morehead City]

The environmental justice movement in the United States has long argued that race and waste are intimately intertwined in capitalist society. I explore how the “shadow geographies” of race and waste impact politics in the intimate spheres of home and body; in the public sphere of democracy where suffering is translated into health-based claims for justice; and in the cultural sphere where collective understandings of racial history are shaped. In this presentation, I argue that industrialization intimately binds race to waste, and examine the implications of this toxic interweaving for toxicity, racial justice and environmental politics. My dissertation research focuses on Badin, North Carolina, a former aluminum company town where Black residents are struggling to overcome a legacy of environmental racism. Addressing the importance of memory practices to environmental justice, I discuss my research play, “Race and Waste in an Aluminum Town” as an example of critical performance ethnography.

To schedule a meeting with Ms. Vasudevan, please contact Tony at aamayer@ncsu.edu


3204 Murray Hall
101 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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