EH Book Chat on Rob Nixon’s Slow Violence

In the inaugural edition of the Environmental Humanities Book Chat, Stefania Barca (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal) and Greg Garrard (University of British Columbia, Okanagan) discuss Rob Nixon’s Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor.

Slow Violence and Environmentalism of the Poor was published by Harvard University Press in 2011. For more information, please visit the publisher’s website.

Stefania Barca is senior researcher at the Centro de Estudos Sociais, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal, where she teaches graduate courses (in English and Portuguese) on the ecological crisis. She is the author of Enclosing water. Nature and political economy in a Mediterranean valley, 1796-1916 (White Horse Press: Cambridge 2010), recipient of the Turku Book prize in 2011. She has been a vice-president of ESEH in 2011-13 and currently coordinates the Portuguese team in a EU funded network of political ecologists called ‘Entitle’. Her most recent work deals with labor/environment intersections and the transition to a low-carbon society (her article ‘Laboring the earth’ has been just made available in advance access in Environmental History journal).

Greg Garrard is a member of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, Canada. He is the author of Ecocriticism, the first general survey of the field which has recently been re-issued (London: Routledge, 2011), and the editor of Teaching Ecocriticism and Green Cultural Studies (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011). He is a past chair of ASLE-UKI and general editor of the journal Green Letters.

Hannes Bergthaller is associate professor at National Chung-Hsing University in Taichung, Taiwan. He is the author of Populäre Ökologie: Zu Literatur und Geschichte der modernen Umweltbewegung in den USA (Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang, 2007) and co-editor of Addressing Modernity: Social Systems Theory and US Cultures (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011; with Carsten Schinko). He currently serves as president of EASLCE and is the book review editor of the journal Ecozon@.