Wertheim Lecture door Eleana J. Kim
De/Militarized Ecologies: Making Peace with Nature Along the Korean DMZ
Wertheim Lecture by Eleana J. Kim
This talk traces the entwined histories of military violence and postcolonial modernization in East Asia and their effects on local and global ecologies.
In analyzing avian migratory flyways and other multispecies relations, Kim unpacks the material, political, and ecological entanglements of the Korean DMZ within processes of militarized liberal capitalism. Her framework of “biological peace” offers a critical vantage point for conceptualizing peace beyond human politics, in the context of climate crisis, perpetual war, and ongoing militarization of the planet.
About Prof. Eleana J. Kim
Eleana J. Kim is a sociocultural anthropologist and Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at University of California, Irvine. She is the author of Making Peace with Nature: Ecological Encounters Along the Korean DMZ (Duke UP, 2022) and Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging (Duke UP, 2010), which was awarded the James B. Palais Prize from the Association of Asian Studies and the Social Sciences Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. She also co-edited, with David Fedman and Albert Park, Forces of Nature: New Perspectives on Korean Environments (Cornell UP, 2023). She is the current President of the Society for Cultural Anthropology and serves on the editorial boards of Anthropological Quarterly, Journal of Korean Studies, and Critical Asian Studies.
This Wertheim Lecture is organized by Moving Matters: People, goods, Power and Ideas at the AISSR, University of Amsterdam
Free attendance; registration is required, via this link.