Captura de pantalla by Francisco Huichaqueo
Promotional image for The Occupied Forest Lecture by Macarena Gómez-Barris. Photograph by Francisco Huichaqueo Image: Francisco Huichaqueo
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This talk was presented on 25 June 2019 as part of the Australian Museum's 2019 HumanNature series. The series runs until November see the full program here.

HumanNature Series: The occupied forest

Venture into the forest with Macarena Gómez-Barris (Pratt Institute, Brooklyn) as she considers its historical, Indigenous and potentially regenerative narratives.

The forest is being emptied – of the trees and other plants that comprise it, the animals that enliven it, and of the myths and meanings that animate it. Macarena Gómez-Barris (Pratt Institute, NYC) explores militarisation, resource extraction and other corporate and state projects of expanding colonialism upon Indigenous territories in the Americas.

Will anything we might call “nature” be left intact?



About Macarena Gómez-Barris

Macarena Gómez-Barris is the founder and Director of the Global South Center, a hub for critical inquiry, aesthetic praxis and experimental forms of social living. The cultural critic and author is Chairperson of the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, and works on rethinking the Anthropocene, cultural memory, race, queer and decolonial theory.

She is author of Beyond the Pink Tide: Art and Politics in the Américas (2018), The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives (2017), a book that theorises social life through five extractive scenes of ruinous capitalism upon Indigenous territories and Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile (2009). Gómez-Barris is co-editor with Herman Gray of Towards a Sociology of a Trace (2010).


About HumanNature

This landmark lecture series offers a range of talks by leading international and Australian scholars in the Environmental Humanities. It will draw on insights from history, literature, philosophy, anthropology and related disciplines and explore the important role humanities can play in addressing some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our day.