Rob Nixon to join the Serious Times Lecture Series at Critical Theory and the Arts

In Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor, professor of English and Environmental Studies at Princeton University, Rob Nixon, investigates a key aspect of the human failure to respond to what is now—after so many decades of research, evidence and acute warnings—the reality of the destruction of a habitable Earth:

“By slow violence” — he writes in the introduction to his book — “I mean a violence that occurs gradually and out of sight, a violence of delayed destruction that is dispersed across time and space, an attritional violence that is typically not viewed as violence at all.”

Rob Nixon’s study of this massively incremental destruction sets at the center of our focus the calamitous implications on the situation of the impoverished and colonialized.

Rob Nixon is a frequent contributor to the New York Times; his writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Village Voice, The Nation, The Guardian, Outside, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Independent, Critical Inquiry, PMLA, Social Text, Slate, South Atlantic Quarterly, Transition, Cultural Critique, Contemporary Literature, Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, Ariel, Modern Fiction Studies, New Formations, Public Culture, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire.

Other works include, London Calling: V. S. Naipaul, Postcolonial Mandarin (Oxford University Press); Homelands, Harlem and Hollywood: South African Culture and the World Beyond (Routledge); Dreambirds: the Natural History of a Fantasy (Picador).