Filippo Ravenda, Professor of Social Anthropology, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna

In the last decade a considerable part of the anthropological debate has been oriented towards the complex variables of the relations between nature and culture, between biological and social dimensions, or between human and non-human. The environmental modifications due to the invasiveness of human activities in the material evidence of climate change, polluting emissions, the spread of pathologies and epidemics have lead research towards the exploration of the political-economic and conflictual aspects in the relations between man and nature. A continuous “rubbing” of movements between global, local plans, collective and individual actions that involves the development strategies of territories, techno-scientific progress, international money flows and health risk assessments. Starting from two research cases conducted at energy industry sites in southern Italy (coal-fired power plants, oil refining and processing hubs), the talk will explore the complex system that connects global concerns in the fossil fuel market, environmental and health risks with local specificities embodied by the experiences of people living and working in areas exposed to industrial pollution.

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January 5 @ 18:30
18:30 — 19:30 (1h)

MAST Auditorium

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