High & Dry, & even Drowned: Linking Experiences of Environmental Injustices and Resistance/“Eco-Terrorisms” in the US Southwest and the Sápmi region in northern Sweden
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Numerous parallels can be drawn between Chicanos in the Southwest and the Sami people in the Sápmi region of northern Sweden. These parallels go from land dispossession in what are often perceived as sparsely populated ‘wasteland’ and ‘idyllic wilderness’ respectively, to resource control, extraction and environmental degradation. This presentation will explores commonalities and differences between these ethnic minority communities which are geographically far apart, but face similar socio-environmental challenges. A study of three novels about opposing large dam projects (built or planned) by means of what could be considered radical environmentalism or even eco-terrorism will guide this analysis: Överskrida Gränser (Crossing Borders), (Svonni 2005), People of the Valley (Waters 1941) and The Milagro Beanfield War (Nichols 1974). Our analysis will draw on an interdisciplinary theoretical framework including Vandana Shiva, Arundhati Roy and Amita Baviskar’s respective work on (mal)development, mega dams, water management and community movements; previous work on environmental justice, from Robert Bullard to Laura Pulido; ideas of writer-activism and slow violence, mainly from Rob Nixon’s later work; and existing academic and legal documents on the different definitions of “eco-terrorism.” Through an intersectional environmentalism approach, we aim at an interdisciplinary study of fictional literary works by (and about) ethnic minorities as means of empowerment, resistance and denunciation.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-203129OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-203129DiVA: diva2:1081160
XI ASLE Biennial Conference: Notes from Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice. University of Idaho, USA, June 23-27, 2015
QC 201703132017-03-132017-03-132017-03-13Bibliographically approved