Future, for whom? The Role of Literature and Art in Fostering Biocultural Diversity for Sustainable Futures
9 May 2022 at 17:00:00
The concern with the future facing alarming species loss is an important topic today for humanities, science, and society. I study how literature and art dealing with near and far futures (future fictions) can offer novel understandings of relations to other species in contexts of shrinking biocultural diversity. My work focuses on Latin American and Caribbean future fictions that render species extinction as a question of both biology, culture, and health. I will explain the types of species relationality envisioned in future fictions and show their crucial role for sustainable futures.
Azucena Castro is a postdoctoral researcher at Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University, and a visiting researcher at Stanford University (mid-2022-mid-2024). She is working on her postdoc project “Multispecies futuring. Biocultural diversity in Latin American and Caribbean future fictions” funded by the Swedish Research Council. Her research focuses on environmental humanities, sustainability, decolonial futures, cultural studies, and art research mainly in Latin America and the Caribbean.