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Lost Species Day 2020: An Evening with Sadiah Qureshi, Audra Mitchell & Suzanne Dhaliwal
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us online for an evening with scholar-activists Audra Mitchell, Sadiah Qureshi and Suzanne Dhaliwal discussing historic and ongoing connections between colonialism and extinctions, exploring assumptions embedded in much mainstream environmental campaigning, and celebrating intersectional environmental work.
Lost Species Day co-founder Persephone Pearl will introduce the speakers and set the intention for the weekend of events for Lost Species Day 2020. This talk is part of a weekend programme exploring how ecological remembrance can or does contribute to the intersectional environmental movement. It is an opportunity for interested people to spend time learning together, building connections and moving forward in clear and energised ways that embed anti-racism in all Lost Species Day activities going forward.
This event will be hosted on Zoom (a meeting link will be sent shortly beforehand) and the presentation will be recorded, transcribed and shared online after the event. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your access needs, please contact or complete this form.
About the speakers
Sadiah Qureshi is a cultural and social historian of race, science and empire in the modern world whose research explores the ways in which racialised knowledge is produced, circulated and mobilised in the modern world. Sadiah is currently working on her second book, provisionally entitled ‘Vanished: Episodes in the History of Extinction’ for Allen Lane. Drawing on histories of genocide, settler colonial studies and animal studies, ‘Vanished’ will explore how the very notion of extinction emerged and shaped our relationship with the natural world in the Anthropocene.
Audra Mitchell Audra Mitchell is a settler scholar living on the lands of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Neutral/Attwandaron people. She currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Political Ecology at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her research, teaching and community engagement addresses global ecological harms through the lens of multi-scale structural violence. This includes increasing understanding the connections between ecological harms and ongoing global patterns of colonisation, genocides, gendered and sexual violence and global capitalism.
Suzanne Dhaliwal is a climate justice creative, campaigner, researcher, lecturer and trainer. In 2009 she co-founded the UK Tar Sands Network, which challenged BP and Shell investments in the Canadian tar sands in solidarity with frontline Indigenous communities, spurring the internationalisation of the fossil fuel divestment movement. Suzanne has led campaigns and artistic interventions to challenge fossil fuel investments in the Arctic and Nigeria that violate the rights of Indigenous peoples, and of those seeking justice in the wake of the BP Gulf of Mexico disaster.
Persephone Pearl is co-director of Brighton based arts and environment charity ONCA, where she works to expand and develop the role of creativity and the arts in social and ecological regeneration. She co-founded Feral Theatre and Lost Species Day.
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