Upcoming IJURR AAG 2024 Lecture

Apr 11th, 2024

We are pleased to invite you to join us (virtually or in person) for the 2024 IJURR Lecture at the American Association of Geographers (AAG).

Imperial Geographies: The Wilderness and the Grave 

by Neferti X. M. Tadiar


Time: 3.00-4.20pm, Hawaii–Aleutian Standard Time (HST)

Date: 18th April 2024.

This streamed session will be chaired by IJURR Editor, Liza Weinstein. The talk will be delivered virtually and can be viewed online for virtual attendees. In-person attendees are welcome join Liza and view the lecture in room 313B (O`ahu), Third Floor, Hawai’i Convention Center.

Building on Helga Tawil-Souri and Dina Matar’s notion of “Gaza as Metaphor,” Neferti discusses the theoretical-political salience of Gaza today for tracing the imperial geographies of extermination that structure contemporary global capitalist imagination and its material, social relations of production. She highlights the role of imperial war and its terraforming, omnicidal violence in the remaking of land, life, and people in the history of U.S. colonialism in the Philippines from the early twentieth century to the present as part of the expanded reproduction of the life-form of capitalist value. Analyzing how the figurative, material landscapes of the wilderness and the camp, the forest and the town, in the mode of colonial inhabitation continue to give shape and impetus to global platform capitalism and its disastrous planetary consequences, she explores the importance of other practices of lifemaking of collective survival for a decolonizing future.

Neferti X. M. Tadiar is Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization (2009); Fantasy-Production: Sexual Economies and Other Philippine Consequences for the New World Order (2004); Life-Times of Becoming Human (2022); and most recently, Remaindered Life (2022). She is founding director of the Alfredo F. Tadiar Library, an independent library, cultural space, and publisher in San Fernando, La Union, Philippines.