Join Jason W. Moore, co-author of A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, and Graduate Center, CUNY faculty Omar Dahbour, Ashley Dawson, and Cindi Katz for a conversation about today’s planetary emergencies.
Modern history has seen capitalism commodify a series of essential things: nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives. In making these essentials increasingly cheap, commerce has transformed and increasingly devastated the planet and the animals, plants, and people who depend on it. Today we face myriad interlocking crises, from climate change to ocean acidification to diminishing supplies of fresh water and arable land. Is this the end of cheap nature, or will capitalism be able to exploit these crises to generate a fresh round of accumulation? And what will be the fate of the many beings – humanity among them – who depend on increasingly fragile natural systems?
This event takes place in the The Skylight Room (9100) at The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave, NYC. Free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by Verso Books and the Art, Activism, and the Environment research group from the Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research from The Center for the Humanities.
For more information about this event, please visit: centerforthehumanities.org/programming/the-end-of-cheap-nature
Image: Deforestation in Indonesia. By Aidenvironment, via flickr Riau/Wakx