University of Mississippi

Lecture: Rob Nixon

Rob Nixon’s “Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor”

The Huffington Post’s, Amitava Kumar, describes Nixon’s works as displaying lucidity and nimble thought that should be the envy of most academics; his nonfiction is inventive and affecting. Robert Nixon, a South African, is the Rachel Carson Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His new book is Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor.

“Slow Violence is inspiring, innovative, and passionate. Nixon forces us to confront some of the most urgent issues facing the continued existence of humans on the planet. He re-energizes environmental literature, infusing the field with the transnational concerns of world literature, and creatively reinvigorates post-colonial studies.”Hazel Carby, Yale University 

His writings have appeared in The New York Times, London Review of Books,  and The Atlantic Monthly, just to list a few.  He has published over 90 journal articles and essays.  Nixon encourages those interested in writing on environmental issues to pay attention not just to the arguments but even more so to the voice, on the assumption that before you can be true to your own voice you’ll need to be indebted to someone else’s, as he shares in his interview with the Huffington Post.

Nixon has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, a MacArthur Foundation Peace and Security Fellowship, and a National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship.

“Slow violence is 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. How can we create stories and images adequate to the pervasive but elusive environmental violence of delayed effects?”

Join us on April, 22nd at 7:00 in the Overby Center. He will link the emergencies of the long term to artistic efforts to infuse such emergencies with dramatic urgency. This event is sponsored by the University of Mississippi Environmental Studies MinorCollege of Liberal ArtsSouthern Documentary ProjectOffice of SustainabilityCroft Institute for International StudiesSally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, and the Departments of English and History.