2014 Archipelago lecture
Time: Thu 2014-10-09 15.00
Lecturer: Laura Pulido
Location: Kollegiesalen, Brinellvägen 8, KTH Main Campus
The 2014 Stockholm Archipelago Lecture with Laura Pulido
Environmental Racism as State-Sanctioned Racial Violence
In this talk Laura Pulido critiques the tendency of environmental justice activists to rely so heavily on the state for relief from pollution and contamination. Using the case of a battery recycling facility in Los Angeles, Exide Technologies, she traces the history of state-sanctioned racial violence in and around the land where Exide currently sits. Given the state's propensity to view poor people of colour as expendable, she argues that the environmental justice movement needs to develop additional strategies outside of the state.
Laura Pulido is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at University of Southern California. Professor Pulido researches race, political activism, Chicana/o Studies, critical human geography, and Los Angeles. She studies how various groups experience racial and class oppression, how these experiences differ among particular communities of colour, and how they mobilize to create a more socially-just world. Asking such questions, Professor Pulido has done extensive work in the field of environmental justice, social movements, labour studies, and radical tourism.
The Stockholm Archipelago Lecture is presented by the Environmental Humanities Laboratoy at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at KTH.