Jim Babcock Lecture in Liberal Studies

GLS is pleased to bring you the 2018 Jim Babcock Lecture in Liberal Studies:

Whole Earth, Fractured Planet: Geohistory, Climate Justice, and the Crisis of Capitalism
Jason W. Moore | Professor, Department of Sociology, Binghamton University

Friday, October 19
Room 1420 | SFU Harbour Centre | 7:30 pm
Reception following the lecture


signal accomplishment of post-1968 environmentalism was to insist on the fundamental unity of planetary life. Iconic photographs like Earthrise (1968) and the Blue Marble (1972) reinforced that new planetary consciousness. Unfortunately, that new consciousness had little room for capitalism's global fractures, above all the ways in which planetary color, gender, and class lines have been drawn and violently policed since 1492. As contemporary climate crises unfold, so too has a resurgent Western universalism, captured in the Anthropocene‚Äôs discourse of Man versus Nature. Looking at capitalism's long history of power and re/production, Moore outlines an alternative: one that recognizes our essential connections within the web of life, but insists that those connections have been powerfully reshaped by modern inequality and oppression. Moore  shows how climate justice must directly challenge -- and disrupt -- the enduring legacies of racism, sexism, and colonialism as fundamental drivers of climate crisis and the enrichment of the globe's One Percent.

Jason W. Moore is professor of sociology at Binghamton University, and coordinator of the World-Ecology Research Network. He writes frequently on the history of capitalism in Europe, Latin America, and the United States, from the long 16th century to the neoliberal era.

He is author or editor, most recently, of Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015), Capitalocene o Antropocene? (Ombre Corte, 2017), Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism (PM Press, 2016), and, with Raj Patel, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things(University of California Press, 2017). His books and essays on environmental history, capitalism, and social theory have been widely recognized, including the Alice Hamilton Prize of the American Society for Environmental History (2003), the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the Section on the Political Economy of the World-System (American Sociological Association, 2002 for articles, and 2015 for Web of Life), and the Byres and Bernstein Prize in Agrarian Change (2011).