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Danielle Purifoy | Plantations Are Not Forests


Danielle Purifoy, UNC Chapel Hill

Please join the Climate Change, Decolonization, and Global Blackness Lab (CCDGB) at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute for our 2022-23 speaker series. CCDGBL is part of The Entanglement Project, a new FHI initiative focused on the intersections of race, health, and climate. This is a Zoom only event: - Registration: The CCDGB speaker series is co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability and the Nicholas School of the Environment. This talk examines the contemporary timber industry as a reproduction of plantation power via remote control which occurs through absentee landowners, Black family land grabs, new markets for energy, and legal regimes designed to "devalue" common property in favor of individual ownership and profit-seeking productivity. Black rural histories can teach us about alternative modes of forest relations and interdependence that counter the economic interests driven by capitalism. Danielle Purifoy is an assistant professor of Geography at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D in Environmental Policy and African American Studies from Duke University. Her research focuses on the racial politics and law of development in Black towns and communities. Danielle serves on the board of Inside Climate News, is the former Board Chair of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, and is also the former Race and Place editor of Scalawag, a media organization devoted to Southern storytelling, journalism, and the arts. Her work is published in Society and Space, Environmental Sociology, Southeastern Geographer, and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, among other publications.


Climate, Humanities