CTE Mini-Seminar, May 17, 18, and 20: Axelle Karera
The two seminars that follow Tuesday’s lecture are aimed primarily at graduate students undertaking or considering the Critical Theory Emphasis, but all are welcome. Short readings will be distributed in advance, which you can request by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org (please put “mini-seminar readings” as subject heading).
Dr. Karera works at the intersection of 20th century continental philosophy, the critical philosophy of race (particularly Black critical theory), contemporary critical theory, and the environmental humanities. In addition to forthcoming work on Blackness and ontology, she is currently completing her first monograph titled The Climate of Race: Blackness and the Pitfalls of Anthropocene Ethics, in which she examines the question of relationality in new materialist ontology and speculative realism's purported return to metaphysics. More importantly, the book's investigations attempts the discern the ethical crux of critical thought in the age of the Anthropocene, with the aim to attend to its powerful - and perhaps even necessary - disavowals on matters pertaining to racial ecocide.