Professor Marisol de la Cadena of the Department of Anthropology at UC Davis will speak on her recent body of work on multispecies, ontological openings, and ecology in this semester’s first event in our continuing series New Vocabularies, New Grammars: Imagining Other Worlds.
In this space, we focus on critics and intellectuals who, in their forms of writing and thinking, undo the divisions and separations between disciplines and genres, and between political action and intellectual engagement. In this practice of border/crossing, new languages and grammars can be imagined to signify other worlds to resist and oppose the imposed violence of colonial epistemes. These scholars, critics, and political actors offer the dynamism of indeterminacy, inviting practices that bring together words and worlds.
Marisol de la Cadena is Professor of Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies at UC Davis. She is an anthropologist working through what she calls “ontological openings,” interested in ethnographic concepts that blur the distinction between theory and the empirical because they are not without the latter.