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Political Ecologies Seminar | In person at Framer Framed, evening (time TBD) | Contact for readings in advance and register for attendance at Co-sponsored by ASCA Political Ecologies Seminar, Goethe Institute, and Framer Framed

Event details of Public Lectures by Edna Bonhomme and J.T. Roane
Date 30 September 2021

Edna Bonhomme is a historian of science, writer, and interdisciplinary artist based in Berlin, Germany. She earned her PhD in the history of science from Princeton University and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s in Biology from Reed College. Her doctoral dissertation titled, “Plague Bodies and Spaces: Medicine, Trade, and Death in Ottoman Egypt, 1705-1830 CE,” examined the commercial and geopolitical trajectory of plague and its links to commercial, provincial, and imperial policies in several North African port cities. Her master’s thesis focused on sexuality, sex work, and HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean.

J.T. Roane is assistant professor of African and African American Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. He received his PhD in history from Columbia University and he is a 2008 graduate of the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia. He currently serves as the lead of the Black Ecologies Initiative at ASU's Institute for Humanities Research. He is the former co-senior editor of Black Perspectives, the digital platform of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). Roane's scholarly essays have appeared in Souls JournalThe Review of Black Political Economy, and Current Research in Digital History and forthcoming work in Signs. His work  has also appeared venues such as Washington PostThe Brooklyn RailPacific Standard, and The Immanent Frame, Roane is a 2020-2021 National Endowment for the Humanities/Mellon Foundation Research Fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

Moderator: Jeff Diamanti is Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities at the University of Amsterdam and co-director of the ASCA Political Ecologies Seminar with Joost de Bloois. His first monograph is Climate and Capital in the Age of Petroleum: Locating Terminal Landscapes (Bloomsbury 2021).

Primary Readings: 

  • Edna Bonhomme, “Troubling (Post)colonial Histories of Medicine: Toward a Praxis of the Human.” Isis, volume 111, number 4 (2020)
  • J.T Roane, “Mapping Black Ecologies.” Current Research in Digital History, volume 2 (2019)

Supplementary Readings: 

  • Edna Bonhomme, “#15: Miniseries on COVID-19 and Inequality: The Racialization of Pandemics.” Global Research Programme on Inequality (May 2020)
  • J.T Roane, “Tornado Groan: On Black (Blues) Ecologies.” Black Perspectives (March 2020)

The link to the readings can be found here.
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