Past Event

Emma Shaw Crane - Lush Aftermath: Race, Labor, Scorched Earth

December 1, 2022
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
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Event Description

This lecture takes up the afterlives of scorched earth counterinsurgency in Guatemala in an unlikely place: a migrant suburb of Miami. In South Florida, ornamental plant and palm nurseries produce plant life that populates suburban landscapes across the United States. In contrast to analyses that emphasize the disorder of war, this talk attends to order and beauty in the wake of war. Emma Shaw Crane takes up the Homestead nurseries—and the suburban landscapes they produce—as a lush and lucrative aftermath of scorched earth. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork with developers, plant nursery owners, and Maya migrant workers, Emma Shaw Crane shows that displacement and policing in the wake of counterinsurgent war nurture (sub)urban regimes of property and personhood.

Event Speaker

Emma Shaw Crane, Lecturer in Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University

Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required. For more information, please visit the event webpage or email [email protected]

Hosted by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.