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Axworthy Lecture: Jason Hickel to speak on ‘Imperialism, Ecological Breakdown, and the Degrowth Imperative’

The University of Winnipeg is pleased to continue the Axworthy Distinguished Lecture Series in 2021, with renowned author and economic anthropologist Dr. Jason Hickel to deliver a lecture titled “Imperialism, Ecological Breakdown, and the Degrowth Imperative” in which he will discuss the colonial dimensions of the ecological crisis and how degrowth in the global North is necessary for any vision of global justice and regeneration.

The 45-minute talk will take place on Wednesday, November 3 at 2:00 pm and can be viewed live on Zoom. It will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

There is no cost to attend the event; advance registration is required

“Jason Hickel’s exploration of the interrelated structures of colonialism and capitalism and the ways in which these systems have brought us to the point of ecological collapse is an urgent inquiry. But Dr. Hickel does not only critique systems; he also invites us to imagine a way forward to a livable future for all,” said Dr. Mavis Reimer, who is UWinnipeg’s Dean of Graduate Studies and Chair of the Axworthy Distinguished Lecture Series.

Dr. Hickel does not only critique systems; he also invites us to imagine a way forward to a livable future for all.

Dr. Mavis Reimer

Originally from Eswatini, Dr. Hickel is Professor at the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and Visiting Senior Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute at the London School of Economics. He is Associate Editor of the journal World Development and serves on the Statistical Advisory Panel for the UN Human Development Report, the advisory board of the Green New Deal for Europe, and the Harvard-Lancet Commission on Reparations and Redistributive Justice.

Hickel’s research focuses on global inequality, political economy, post-development, and ecological economics, which are the subjects of his two most recent books: The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions (Penguin, 2017), and Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World (Penguin, 2020), listed by the Financial Times and New Scientist as among the best books of the year.

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The Axworthy Distinguished Lecture Series aims at accessibility and is open to the public. It was established to honour Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President of The University of Winnipeg from 2004-14.