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"Environmental Martyrdom and Defenders of the Forest" Robert Nixon

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Published on Mar 7, 2017

Spring 2017 PEI Faculty Seminar Series - 2017-03-07

Robert Nixon, Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment. Professor of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute

Martyrdom is direct action in extremis. Martyrs put their bodies on the line, risking, for the sake of principle, not just a weekend in jail, but burial in the dead of night in a shallow grave. Some martyrs remain anonymous, vanish unheard of outside their villages. But others gather posthumous fame and purpose, achieving in their earthly afterlife a rallying power and an enduring force. My talk will investigate the current surge in environmental martyrdom against the backdrop of the resource wars over timber, water, land, and mineral rights across the global South.

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