A new lecture series showcasing pioneering interdisciplinary work across the sciences and humanities.
The Futures Lecture series will feature high-profile guests who have redefined interdisciplinary research by making unexpected connections across fields and methodologies.
*We are delighted to continue the Futures lecture series in 2021-2022 with the following list of upcoming events organised and chaired by Professor Michela Massimi for EFI:*
Miriam Posner, 3 February 2022
Lecture Title: Seeing Like a Supply Chain
For most of us, supply chains are background noise to our real lives, but lately, product shortages and container-ship traffic jams have exposed a surprising range of vulnerabilities. How did we get here? How should we think this problem through? This talk explains how the world of supply-chain management came to look as it does, with special attention to the data and technology that undergird these circuits of commerce. Supply-chain experts may crave transparency, I argue, but the peculiar structure of these global circuits requires strategic gaps and omissions in our knowledge of them.
Miriam Posner is an assistant professor at the UCLA Department of Information Studies. She’s also a digital humanist with interests in labor, race, feminism, and the history and philosophy of data. As a digital humanist, she is particularly interested in the visualization of large bodies of data from cultural heritage institutions and the epistemological questions that arise from the conjunction of data and the humanities. She is at work on a book about how multinational corporations make use of data in their supply chains, under contract with Yale University Press.
Kyle Whyte, 24 February 2022
Lecture Title: Against Crisis Epistemology: Indigenous Climate Justice and the Anthropocene
Research and policy on climate change and energy is very often put forward as science that addresses today’s global environmental crisis. There is moral and epistemic urgency to ask scientific questions and change policy. For diverse Indigenous peoples, the issues and solutions being studied have promises and perils for environmental justice. Climate and energy justice problems – as Indigenous peoples face and experience them – are rarely represented fairly in research or policy. Indigenous climate justice movements differ from crises oriented thinking. The presentation offers emerging theories of kinship and anti-colonial resistance as providing a critical basis for justice and futurity.
Kyle Whyte is George Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, teaching in the environmental justice specialization. His research addresses environmental justice, focusing on moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples, the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and science organizations, and problems of Indigenous justice in public and academic discussions of food sovereignty, environmental justice, and the anthropocene. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Kyle currently serves on the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, the Management Committee of the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, and the Board of Directors of the Pesticide Action Network North America. He has served as an author for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, including on the National Climate Assessment, and for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II. He is a former member of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science in the U.S. Department of Interior and of two environmental justice work groups convened by past state governors of Michigan.