Malcom Ferdinand talks about the use of an organochlorine compound called "chlordecone" (also known as Kepone), the subsequent contamination of the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe, and the scientific and political responses of the authorities and civil societies.
Malcom Ferdinand is a researcher at the CNRS (IRISSO/University Paris Dauphine). At the crossroad of political philosophy, postcolonial theory and political ecology, his research focuses on the Black Atlantic and particularly the Caribbean. He explores the relations between current ecological crises and the colonial history of modernity. His book A Decolonial Ecology: Thinking from the Caribbean World was published by Polity Press in the Spring of 2022.
This event is co-sponsored by the Maison Française, the French department, and ICLS Medical Humanities.