Chasing the idyll. Neocolonialism in the disguise of charity
24 Oct 2021 - 15:30
What can we learn about caring for the earth and the natural world from those who are not only most affected by climate change today, but were also historically confronted with western-colonial concepts of property and exploitation rights?
Olave Nduwanje (writer, lawyer and activist, author in ZWART. Afro- Europese literatuur uit de Lage Landen and De Goede Immigrant (2020) interviews:
John Mussington - community leader, teacher and climate activist from the Caribbean island of Barbuda where, following the devastating hurricane Irma, property developers and stars like Robert De Niro, who dream of a private resort, are doing everything they can to privatize the property rights of the local population. John will talk about the small island community's battle to protect its collective resources from disaster capitalism.
The conversation then broadens with input from
Gaea Schoeters. In her novel Trofee, about the western man who goes hunting in Africa, this inspired writer asks penetrating ethical questions about postcolonialism;
Malcom Ferdinand is currently researcher at the CNRS. He explores the relations between current ecological crises and the colonial history of modernity.
Line Algoed, an urban anthropologist associated with Cosmopolis (VUB), studies forms of collective land ownership in Latin America and the Caribbean.