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Confronting the Climate Crisis from Below: Memory and Politics at the Frontlines | MSA Week of Virtual Events Presentations
For the last two decades or so, the climate justice movement born out of the struggles of frontline communities (the urban and rural poor, the working class, women, people of color and Indigenous communities, migrants and refugees, etc.) has challenged mainstream climate actions, and more lately, the discourse of the Anthropocene – both of which tend to presuppose a rather monolithic conception of ‘humanity’, often erase the conflicts and contradictions inherent in it, and shy away from tackling the deeper roots of the climate crisis. These communities have long experienced and resisted the ecological degradation and associated class/racial/ethnic/gender inequalities and injustices – driven by exploitative and extractive political economies. The aim of this session is to explore how collective memories of such experiences and the underlying socio-ecological imaginaries have been constructed, reconfigured, and enacted; what roles they have played in the ways frontline communities confront the ongoing climate crisis; and how their mnemonics have reshaped the contours of climate politics more broadly. We hope that the session will not only help broaden the scope of memory studies, but also contribute to further deepening critical, transnational, and decolonial perspectives on the climate crisis.

Moderated by Rosanne Kennedy (Australian National University)

- Macarena Gómez-Barris
- Renato Redentor Constantino

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