The Cosmopolitics of Forest Law Revisited: A Conversation with Marisol de la Cadena and T.J. Demos

In conjunction with the exhibition Forest Law by Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, anthropologist Marisol de la Cadena and art historian T.J. Demos will speak about the rights of nature and Indigenous rights in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

More information can be found here.

Marisol de la Cadena was trained as an anthropologist in Peru, England, France and the United States. Her interests are located at the interface between Science and Technology Studies (STS) and non-STS, and they include the study politics, multispecies (or multi-entities) relations, indigeneity, history and the a-historical, world anthropologies and the anthropologies of worlds. In all these areas, her concern is the relationship between concepts and methods, and interfaces as analytical sites. More prosaically, de la Cadena is interested in ethnographic concepts - those that blur the distinction between what we call theory and the empirical -- that can also indicate the limits of both and thus open them up to what exceeds them.

T.J. Demos is Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Founder and Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. He writes widely on the intersection of contemporary art, global politics, and ecology and is the author of numerous books, including Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and Political Ecology (Sternberg Press, 2016), Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today, (Sternberg Press, 2017), and The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary During Global Crisis (Duke University Press, 2013)--winner of the College Art Association's 2014 Frank Jewett Mather Award.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 7:00pm

Digital Arts Research Center (DARC), 108
453 Kerr Road, Santa Cruz, California 95064

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Invited Audience

Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, Prospective Students, General Public


Academic, Arts & Culture



This talk is FREE and open to the public. Parking ($5) is available in the Performing Arts Lot. Pay at onsite kiosk.

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