On the Plantationocene: Racialising Space & Spacialising Race
14:30 - 15:30
Join technē student Renée as she facilitates an interactive workshop, beginning with a short introduction to the Plantationocene, participants will then interrogate texts, sharing thoughts on on topics such as environmental racism, multi-species labour, and the plantation as an embodied space. The session is a great introduction to Caribbean literature and its rich linguistic and cultural qualities.
Renée Landell is a first-year PhD student in Comparative Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her prize-winning undergraduate dissertation was the beginning of a body of work and original ideas which form the foundation of her current work. Her doctoral research centres on the relationship between the degradation of the Caribbean body and the desecration of the Caribbean environment through an analysis of six pervasive stereotypes: The devoted ‘Mammy’, The seductive ‘Jezebel’, The Angry ‘Sapphire’, The Submissive ‘Sambo’, The Erotic ‘Mandingo Buck’ and ‘The Black Brute.’ She argues that the responses to, and demythologisation of, Western stereotypes by Anglophone Caribbean writers is an attempt to reclaim the Caribbean body and promote positive ecological practices. Employing resources from across the humanities, including post-colonial scholarship and eco-criticism, Renée argues that the reconstruction of Caribbean identity requires both looking backwards, to recuperate a suppressed history, and forwards, to attentive responses to the human, and the environmental, body.