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A natural history of evil

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  • UserAlexander Etkind (European University Institute at Florence)
  • ClockMonday 15 February 2021, 13:00-14:00
  • HouseZoom.

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Based on his forthcoming book, Nature’s Evil: A Cultural History of Natural Resources (Polity Press), Alexander Etkind will talk about non-human agency of sugar, fur, hemp, oil and other natural resources in their relations with the changing character of the state. In their interaction with technology and labour, different natural resources lead to different social institutions. Revising the contemporary perspectives on the classical problem of evil, this bottom-up narrative constitutes the new subdiscipline that Etkind calls Cultural History of Natural Resources.

This talk is part of the Cabinet of Natural History series.

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