The Genocide-Ecocide Nexus
Violent ‘Development’ and the Political Economy of Annihilation)
we think more specifically about the relationship between genocide and ecological destruction, and connections with historical and contemporary genocides of Indigenous peoples. Building on the growing understanding in the field that genocide involves the destruction of cultures and the ecosystems on which communities depend, we will also think about how the conceptual innovation of the “genocide-ecocide” nexus fits into these debates. From Brazil, to Standing Rock, to the Canadian Tar Sands and other cases, we will seek to connect historical processes of colonisation to ongoing forms of destruction and local struggles.
Some questions to focus your reading:
Why do some authors argue there is a “nexus” between genocide and ecocide? Do you agree?
What is the political economy of ecocidally-induced genocide, as described by Crook and Short?
How do climate change, the ‘anthropocene’, and looming environmental collapse fit into these discussions?
What is ‘our’ responsibility in the face of this loss of life, biodiversity, culture, and existential devastation?