COMMUNITY FORMING UNDER THE CAPITALOCENE

deadline for submissions: 
August 3, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
SAMLA 92
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Jason Moore in his introduction to Anthropocene or Capitalocene? (2016) remarks, “Capitalocene signifies capitalism as a way of organizing nature’s a multispecies, situated, capitalist world-ecology.” Capitalocene, therefore, stands for a motion, a reproducing technology, that manifests and re-manifests human life and relationalities between human and nature under the logic of aggressive material dispossessions and accumulations. The examinations and resistance against the functioning of capitalocene are especially crucial in facing the public health crisis one would remember as the COVID-19 and the racial conflicts intertwine with its narrative with the perception of the pandemic. Recognizing forms of cruelty and violence produced on the global level through land seizing, outsourcing factory construction, immigration bans, technology sanctions, etc, this panel invites proposals that examine closely the metrics of power under work in sustaining and producing the system of capitalocene and the disastrous consequences that are the reality and future for different communities. As importantly, this panel invites insights and critical readings that contextualize alternatives that are non-conformant to the oppressive capitalistic way of life. Specifically, this panel stresses the importance of community and the significance bore by the past and future of community building. Communal thinking posts firmly in opposition to the drastic separatism and individualism promoted as the logic of subjectivization which has been experienced by large populations of diaspora. How have people survived the violence of exploitation in communities? How do we form communities in a day and age where neoliberalism and neoliberal racialization dominates? How can community forming be a coalitional and transnational experience? Topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Spatiality
  • Communality
  • State(less)ness
  • Women of Color politics and activism
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Neoliberal multiculturalism/racialization
  • Resurgence/Insurgence
  • Oppositional thinking
  • Marronage

Please send submissions to Chenrui Zhao at czhao24@binghamton.edu by August 3, 2020.