The Ph.D. Program in Anthropology invites you to attend our Spring 2021 Colloquium series.
Ecologies of Colonialism and Capitalism: A View from Iceland
Megan Hicks, Hunter College, CUNY
Imaginaries of the North Atlantic as a remote wilderness tend to upstage and obscure nuanced understandings of transatlantic colonialism particular to communities in the region. The North Atlantic was the first transatlantic realm to be impacted by European mainland economic imperatives and by the time of the so-called Age of Exploration, Scandinavian commercial projects had enveloped places like Iceland within an increasingly hierarchical and interconnected Atlantic World. This discussion unearths the dimensions of coloniality and the early capitalist formations that shaped and reshaped Northern Iceland’s Mývatnssveit region - a community of rural political vanguards stewarding an unusually biodiverse subarctic landscape. Using the long term and materially-focused lens of archaeology, it contributes an understanding of social and environmental transformations around market economies, commodification, and enlightenment cultures of knowledge production while at the same time documenting the community's practices of resistance to these incoming modes and value systems.
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