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Geography Colloquium: Mimi Sheller, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

March 28, 2024 @
12:15 p.m.
- 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time
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Climate Change and Mobility Justice: The Kinopolitics of Climate ColonialityMimi Sheller Headshot

In this talk, Dr. Sheller will discuss what reactive border closures, wall building, and de-nationalization of undocumented populations around the world have to do with the climate crisis-mobility nexus. This talk highlights the interconnections of the climate crisis, unsustainable mobilities and climate-related migration. These (im)mobilities, be they human or not, are embedded and linked across scales in ongoing patterns and histories of movement, informed by material and political conditions. At the nexus of all three is the politics of movement, also called kinopolitics. The talk will introduce arguments for a reparative climate mobility justice approach, which recognizes the wider coloniality of dominant mobility regimes and green energy transitions, in short, climate coloniality. Climate mobility justice includes the right to remain in place as well as the prevention of ongoing global resource extraction that contributes to the perpetuation of climate colonialism, even in those instances where this promotes so-called green energy transitions.


This talk will take place from 12:15 – 1:15 PM in the Grace Conference Room


March 28, 2024
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.