Upcoming Events

Thinking with Climate Coloniality: Climate & Colonialism Reading Group


  • 5 December 2023
  • 3:00 – 4:30 pm

The Climate & Colonialism Reading Group is part of the multi-year Climate & Colonialism project led by Sria Chatterjee at the PMC.

This event is hosted in collaboration with Anisha Palat (PhD candidate in history of art at the University of Edinburgh).

In this final session for 2023, titled “Thinking with Climate Coloniality”, we will approach climate coloniality and its persistence in everyday life. We will look at lived experiences, the arts, climate change debates and histories of colonialism, and broadly discuss contemporary manifestations of climate coloniality in the contemporary world. We will use the following texts to “think with climate coloniality” and to engage with and critique dominant discourse:

To Read

Bhambra, Gurminder K. and Newell, Peter. “More Than a Metaphor: ‘Climate Colonialism’ in Perspective”,  Global Social Challenges Journal, (2022): 1–9.


Sultana, Farhana. “The Unbearable Heaviness of Climate Coloniality”,  Political Geography, 99, (2022): 1–14.


Also available here: https://www.farhanasultana.com/the-unbearable-heaviness-of-climate-coloniality/


Gumbs, Alexis Pauline. “Heat Is Not a Metaphor”,  Harper’s BAZAAR, Aug 16 2023.  https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a44819303/climate-crisis-maui/.

If you have any questions or have difficulty in accessing the texts, please write to the organiser: [email protected]

This Climate & Colonialism Reading Group aims to provide a space for discussion and reflection about the role of the arts and visual cultures in discourses around climate and colonialism. It hopes to foster a dialogue that begins to question systems of oppression that have contributed to the colonial project and its relationships to ecology. The selection of texts for the Reading Group will foreground ecofeminist, Black, Brown and Indigenous scholarship that focuses on the intersections between the environment, extraction and colonial systems and also histories of decolonisation and speculative imaginaries of human and more-than-human ecologies. The Reading Group will meet once every two months. It is open to everyone.

This event will be online only.

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