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Virtual: ‘Radical Visions for Caribbean Reconstruction: Island Futures and Mobility Justice’

March 25, 2021 at 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Join the Center for the Study of the American South on March 25 at 3:00 p.m. for the inaugural lecture of the Travel Work speaker series. Mimi Sheller, professor of Sociology and founding director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University will delve into the ecological crises and reconstruction challenges affecting the entire Caribbean region in the era known as the Anthropocene. She will argue that Caribbean survival under ever-worsening climate conditions demands radical alternatives grounded in mobility justice.

Based on Sheller’s twenty years of research on Haitian political mobilizations alongside fieldwork on post-earthquake reconstruction in Haiti and flooding lakes on the Haitian-Dominican border, the study focuses on Haitian struggles for “just recovery” within a radical Caribbean intellectual tradition.

A pioneer in the field of mobility studies, Sheller has authored twelve books, including most recently Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes (Verso, 2018) and Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity (MIT Press, 2014). In the Travel Work lecture, Sheller will present work from her current project, Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the Anthropocene. Register here for access to this talk.