Extinction: the Social, Ecological, Political, and Cultural implications of Extinction from the Microbial to the Planetary

This online ExIMP conference will present a platform for researchers and stakeholders to explore and discuss extinction from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
In the era of the Anthropocene, we are concerned with extinction at multiple levels – from microbial to planetary. How do we qualify the implications of extinction from social (e.g., security, livelihoods, community cohesion), ecological (climate, biodiversity, microbes), political (racial capitalism, decolonization), and cultural (arts, language, culture) perspectives?
Bringing into dialogue perspectives from law, life sciences, political and social theory, arts, architecture, literature, and social and environmental sciences, as well stakeholders and social actors, this conference will explore the root causes, drivers, and effects of extinction, and reframe extinction in the 21st century.

SJ Beard will be speaking on Social Extinction and exploring the root causes, drivers, and effects of social extinction, including the loss of social nets, community cohesion, as well as the loss of an ethics of care and justice, with case studies from around the globe.

Alex McLaughlin will be speaking on a panel about Policial Extincion discussing political perspectives on different kinds of extinction, as well as the ongoing struggle to make extinct problematic ways of thinking and practices such as racism, inequality, and precarity. 

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