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Revisiting "THE DECADE OF DESTRUCTION" (1990): An Amazon Retrospective

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Revisiting "THE DECADE OF DESTRUCTION" (1990): An Amazon Retrospective

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REVISITING "THE DECADE OF DESTRUCTION" (1990): AN AMAZON RETROSPECTIVE

FRIDAY 18 MARCH, 9am-4pm GREENLEAF CONFERENCE ROOM (100 JONES HALL)

This one-day, multi-disciplinary symposium uses the landmark Frontline documentary series "The Decade of Destruction," released in 1990 and directed by Adrian Cowell, to revisit the Amazon crisis of the 1980s and the subsequent transformation of Amazon studies. What do we now know about Greater Amazonia that we did not know then? Tulane scholars and postdoctoral fellows from Anthropology, Communications, Political Science, Art History, Sociology, History, and Literature will address topics related to the greater Amazon basin, including archaeological and ethno-botanical reconnaissance, aerial surveillance, mining and oil/gas drilling, hydro-electric expansion, deforestation, migration and colonization, cattle ranching, electoral politics, Indigenous environmental ethics, parks and preserves, and global action (and inaction). We know that the Amazon region is in greater peril now than ever, and not just in Brazil. As the strains of the COVID-19 pandemic fade, what is to be done?

Speakers include: Adrian Anagnost, Moisés Arce, Idelber Avelar, Felipe Cruz, Gustavo Díaz, Kris Lane, Jason Nesbitt, Mauro Porto, Pamela Sertzen, Ana Watson (Calgary), & Andrew Whitaker

A reception will follow at the Latin American Library, 4th fl. Howard-Tilton Library (4:30-6pm)

 

Session I: 9am-10:30am

Kris Lane: General Introduction + Key Film Clips

Jason Nesbitt: "New Advances in Amazonian Archaeology, 1990-2022"

Coffee Break: 10:30-10:45am

Session II

Felipe Cruz: "Aerial Amazon: Surveilling the Forest since 1990"

Idelber Avelar: "Kopenawa: An Amazonian Indigenous Ethics?"

Mauro Porto: "TV, National Integration & Amazon Occupation: Insights from Bye Bye Brazil"

Lunch Break: Noon-1pm

Session III: 1pm-2:30pm

Adrian Anagnost: "Contemporary Art 'Discovers' the Amazon"

Pamela Sertzen: "Amazon Burning: The Museum of Natural History Fire of 2018"

James Andrew Whitaker: TBA

Coffee Break: 2:30pm-2:45pm

Session IV: 2:45pm-4pm

Moisés Arce & Ana Watson: "Territorial Ordering in the Peruvian Amazon: Camisea Gas"

Gustavo Díaz: "The Amazon and the Politics of Development"

Audience: Wrap-up Discussion

Reception: 4:30pm in the Latin American Library, 4th floor of Howard-Tilton

 

 

TO VIEW THE 1990 SERIES ONLINE VIA HOWARD-TILTON/LAL, Please use the links below:

In the Ashes of the Forest (Part 1) - On campus only: https://docuseek2.com/v/a/K6f

Off and On campus access: https://go.openathens.net/redirector/tulane.edu?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocuse...

In the Ashes of the Forest (Part 2) - On campus only: https://docuseek2.com/v/a/L6f

Off and On Campus Access: https://go.openathens.net/redirector/tulane.edu?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocuse...

Land - On campus only: https://docuseek2.com/v/a/m7f

On and off campus access: https://go.openathens.net/redirector/tulane.edu?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocuse...

Mountains of Gold - On campus only: https://docuseek2.com/v/a/t8f

On and off campus access: https://go.openathens.net/redirector/tulane.edu?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocuse...

The Killing of Chico Mendes - On campus only: https://docuseek2.com/v/a/Raf

On and off campus access: https://go.openathens.net/redirector/tulane.edu?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocuse...