Gregg Mitman, "Parasites of Capital: Tales of Ecology, Disease, and Landscape in a Neoliberal Age"
Hosted by the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art Program
SARS. Avian influenza. Ebola. Transgressions across animal/human borders? Industrial diseases of our own making? Causal explanations abound. Ecological perspectives on emerging diseases proliferate, from the dynamics of host-microbe interactions to the cycles of global capital. But new forms of life and their ecological understandings have been emerging in industrial landscapes in the making for generations of humans and microbes. This talk explores how industrial hygiene, engineering, and film became integral to the infrastructure, logic, and imaginaries of development advanced by Firestone Plantations Company in Liberia and the ecological regimes of capital accumulation that created conditions of life conducive to a virus' emergence and spread.
Part of the MIT Department of Architecture Spring 2017 Lecture Series