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According to Francoise Vergès, the positive thing about the concept and term anthropocene is that it turns attention to how nature is fabricated. But European environmental politics with its euro-centrism tended to actively forget the remote areas of the world which are and will be in fact much more affected by climate change and which by no coincidence happen to be the former colonies. Vergès therefore prefers to talk about the "anthropocapitalocene" instead. As she shows in her dialogue, all the moments in history when exploitation and subsequently transformation and pollution of the earth on a large scale began were linked to the advent of capitalism and colonialism: intensification of the exploitation of natural resources and of human workforce, including slavery, increase of traffic and trade. The longue durée of the era we are living in today and that recently has been given the name anthropocene started then, and the colonial divide through the societies of today manifests itself not only between north and south but everywhere.

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  • Françoise Vergès

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21/11/2015

location

Musée de l’Homme, Paris

is an author and political scientist, holding the Chair “Global South(s)” at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris. She works with artists and filmmakers on the figure of the postcolonial repressed.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

is an author and political scientist, holding the Chair “Global South(s)” at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris. She works with artists and filmmakers on the figure of the postcolonial repressed.

— INQUIRY: On becoming earthlings
) — PRODUCTION: Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge No. 18
— EVENT: On becoming earthlings: dialogues and exercises in shrinking and expanding the human

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