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16th May, 2019

Self-Devouring Growth – A Planetary Parable

UCL

Event Details

Date:
16th May, 2019
Time:
17:00 - 19:00
Venue:
IAS Common Ground
Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
London
WC1E 6BT
Price:
Free

This talk, like the book from which it is drawn, calls into question the imperative of economic growth, tracing the unintended consequences of escalating consumption.

Using a series of linked cases of successful economic growth in Botswana as a model (water, roads, and cattle), it shows how insatiable growth, predicated on consumption, will inevitably overwhelm, a process I term self-devouring growth.

Julie Livingston is Professor of Cultural and Social and Analysis and of History at NYU. She is author of Improvising Medicine: an African Oncology Ward in an Emerging Cancer Epidemic (Duke) and Debility and the Moral Imagination in Botswana. In 2013 she was recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.


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