Past Events

Thinking with Extractivism: Climate & Colonialism Reading Group


  • 27 February 2024
  • 3:00 – 4:30 pm
  • Online

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

Hosted by the Paul Mellon Centre in collaboration with Anisha Palat (PhD candidate in history of art at the University of Edinburgh).

In our first session of 2024, titled “Thinking with Extractivism”, we will draw from The Extractive Zone by Macarena Gómez-Barris. Looking at extractive capital and “extractive zones”, we will think through race, Indigenous studies and the histories and legacies of colonialism.

To Read

  • Gómez-Barris, Macarena. The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives. Dissident Acts. Durham/London: Duke University Press, 2017.

(The Introduction is open access via Duke University Press and the entire book is available at the Paul Mellon Centre library).


(Open Access)

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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