Student-run Community Events Calendar at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

“Disaster Capitalism and the Quick, Quick, Slow Unravelling of Animal Life”

Thursday, March 30th @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Join us Thursday, March 30th 1:00 – 2:30 for a talk by Rosemary-Claire Collard, Assistant Professor, Geography and 
Fellow of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia

“Disaster Capitalism and the Quick, Quick, Slow Unravelling of Animal Life”

Capitalist development has been disastrous for sea otters.  This talk explores sea-otters collective life course in Alaska since colonization.  How have sea otters been oriented in capitalist social relations over time?  Rosemary Collard follows Alaskan sea otters throughout three regimes of loss; their near extinction during the fur trade and early colonial capitalism; petro-capitalism and the negligent neoliberal state culminating in the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and finally, spill cleanup, late capitalism and advanced ecological crisis.

Everyone welcome.

About the speaker:

Rosemary’s research focuses on the relationship between capitalism and biological life, and how animals’ lives and deaths are de/valued, used and transformed in capitalism. She draws together critical theories of capitalism and anthropocentrism with multispecies fieldwork to understand the problem of biodiversity loss and animal enclosure.


Thursday, March 30th
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Event Category: