News Events and activities of the faculty of Italian Culture and Society Public Guest Lectures FS21 Malcom Ferdinand (Université Paris-Diderot) A Decolonial Ecology – Thinking from the Caribbean World Tuesday, March 9th 2021, 12:15-2:00 pm, University of St. Gallen (online lecture: registration) Behind its claim of universality, environmental thinking has been built on the occultation of the colonial, patriarchal and slavery foundations of modernity. Thinking ecology from the Caribbean world confronts postcolonial ecological thought with a region where imperialism, slavery and landscape destruction violently tied the destinies of Europeans, Amerindians and Africans. In his guest lecture, Malcom Ferdinand will introduce his concept of a "decolonial ecology" as an option to link ecological issues to the quest for a world emerging from slavery and colonization. Malcom Ferdinand is a doctor in political philosophy from Université Paris Diderot, researcher at the CNRS (IRISSO). His research draws on the fields of political philosophy, political ecology and postcolonial theory, with a focus on the Black Atlantic and mainly the Caribbean. Malcom Ferdinand is the author of Une écologie décoloniale (Sueil 2019). In his work, he explores the relations between current ecological crises and the colonial history of modernity. – Nerea Calvillo (University of Warwick) Aeropolis Tuesday, May 4th 2021, 12:15-2:00 pm, University of St. Gallen (online lecture: registration) Air Pollution is a matter of public concern. But what are exactly the political and social dimensions of environmental pollution or, more specifically, of “urban air”? How to render visible qualitative conditions of toxicity not through management or policy making, and beyond established forms of environmental activism? In her guest contribution, Nerea Calvillo will discuss her recent research and investigations on toxic politics, pollen and queer urban political ecologies. Nerea Calvillo is an architect, researcher, curator and associate professor at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies (University of Warwick). The work produced at her office, C+ arquitectas, and her environmental visualization projects have been presented, exhibited and published at international venues. Her research investigates the material, technological, political and social dimensions of environmental pollution. This has led her to analyse notions of toxicity, digital infrastructures of environmental monitoring, DIY and collaborative forms of production, smart cities and feminist approaches to sensing the environment. ________________________________________ Public Guest Lectures HS20 Professor Serenella Iovino (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) The Virus, Humans, and Other Animals – Understanding COVID-19 with Biosemiotics and Posthumanism Tuesday, Nov. 10th 2020, 12:15-2:00 pm, University of St. Gallen (online lecture) More information and registration – knowbotiq (Zurich University of the Arts) Swiss Psychotropic Gold Tuesday, Nov. 17th 2020, 12:15-2:00 pm, University of St. Gallen (online lecture) More information and registration ________________________________________ Public Guest Lecture HS19 Prof. Dr. Christoph Kueffer, ETH Zurich, University of Applied Sciences Eastern Switzerland Extinctions – The Fate of Biodiversity in the Anthropocene Tuesday, December 3rd 2019, 10:30 am to 12 pm, University of St. Gallen, 07-003 (main building) more information ________________________________________ Public Guest Lecture HS18 Professor Christian Uva (Università Roma Tre) The Representation of Terrorism in Italian Cinema Tuesday, Nov. 27th 2018, 4:30-6.30 pm, University of St. Gallen, 01-112 (main building) More information about the conference ________________________________________ International Conference 2018 Politics of Nature October 11th to 13th 2018 More information about the conference and program ________________________________________ Conference On March 23 and 24, the HSG hosted the conference Anche io parlo italiano organized by the faculty of Italian culture UNISG, the society and the Società Dante Alighieri and the Italian Consulate.