Centered around her experiences as an anthropologist of the Anthropocene and her positionality as a woman of color in the American academy, this talk explores three projects that have shaped the way Amelia Moore thinks about global environmental change. As a student researcher in the Bahamas, she struggled with the limits of conventional interdisciplinary conservation science. Working with a coral restoration project in Indonesia made her painfully aware of the pitfalls of uni-vocal witnessing. And helping to re-materialize the island of Manisses in the state of Rhode Island revealed the narrow categories of inclusion and exclusion that constrain any real possibility of a just energy transition. Amelia Moore will explain how these projects led her to become a small part of a network of diverse scholars who argue that we gain practical, analytic, and ethical insight from the intersections of theory, history, geography, social categories of difference, ways of knowing, lived experiences, and forms of being. She will conclude by sharing how she now sees these insights as essential for our evolving understandings of climate change and climate justice.
Amelia Moore, Associate Professor of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island
Chaired by Alex Halliday, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University