On October 9th and 10th 2014, the University of Amsterdam will host an international conference called ‘Inverting Globalisation’. This event is organised by the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS). More than 45 presenters from all over the world will expose their topics around four themes: I: Immobility and the Rearticulation of Identities, II: Unsustainability, Precarity, Ecology, III: Dirty Aesthetics, and IV: Dis- and Misconnection. Key concepts such as mobility, sustainability, aesthetics and connectivity are going to be treated there.
This conference probes the flip side of these themes, engaging with those aspects of globalisation that too often remain in the shadows or are seen as antithetical to it. The presentations will analyse the tensions and interactions between mobility and immobility, between sustainability and precarity, between glossy and dirty aesthetics, and between connection and disconnection, intense processes which are also intrinsic to globalisation.
On October 10th, I will present the paper called Sustainable Orientalism: The Ecology of Neo-Colonialism. The purpose of this work is to explore the language of sustainable development as an hegemonic form of ecological control and environmental manipulation in the early 21st Century. The idea of Sustainable Orientalism seeks to examine a current dilemma for contemporary emerging human agglomerations located on growing global economies: whether to follow, question or reject the representations, visions, discourses, techniques, practices, methods and values towards a sustainable development originated on the biggest economies which possess very high standards of human development indicators, most of them in Western Europe and in Anglo America. It will be part of the session called Unsustainability, Precarity, Ecology. Looking forward to be part of this conference.