Fall 2011 Africa at Noon Events
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Slow Violence and the Environment of the Poor
Rachel Carson Professor of English
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Time and Location: 12:00pm, 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI
Theorizing the concept of “slow violence,” Nixon will explore the incremental lethality that haunts some of our most urgent environmental
crises. His talk will focus on activists from the global South (including Kenya and Nigeria) who have risen to the challenge of representing gradual,
unspectacular environmental threats in an age of spectacle-driven media.
Professor Nixon is the author of four books: London Calling. V. S. Naipaul, Postcolonial Mandarin; Homelands, Harlem and Hollywood. South African Culture and the World Beyond; Dreambirds: the Natural History of a Fantasy; and Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. Professor Nixon is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, London Review of Books, The Nation, The Village Voice, Chronicle of Higher Education and elsewhere.