[Blueboard] Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Simon C. Estok

Lourd Virgil Joseph I. Manalo lvjmanalo at ateneo.edu
Mon Mar 4 13:37:34 +08 2019

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary,
and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila
University, will host a lecture by Simon C. Estok. The lecture—titled "An
Intersectional Approach to Food Justice and Environmental Justice"—is on
Mar. 12, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at SOM 111 (Ching Tan Room),
Ateneo de Manila University. This lecture is made possible through a grant
obtained by Kritika Kultura under the Internationalization Program of the
Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University. The event is open to the

*About the lecture*

While there has been a tremendous amount of attention lately (both in
fiction and in theory) to the links between environmental justice and food,
there has also been tremendous resistance (both in theory and in
practice). In a breath-taking recent analysis of dietary habits in the age
of terror, Laura Wright’s *The Vegan Project* offers important insights
about how in the American imagination, the challenge veganism poses is
distinctly political, a threat to a consumer way of life, to a system of
production, to an economic ideology. With the dietary other a political
other, subject to similar regimes of discipline, comestibles become
ideological weapons. An intersectional approach to this matter is sorely
needed, an approach that takes account of the interplay among the ethics of
ecophobia, environmental racism, and transnational capitalism. This talk
will review some of the fictional and theoretical work done linking
environmental justice and food and will propose that not only is it urgent
to talk for the present about the ethical underpinnings of food injustice
and environmental injustice but that things are going to get much, much
worse as many regions find themselves unable to grow their traditional
foods—an effect that will continue as a result both of corporate
imperialism and, more disturbingly, of climate change.  If there is any
hope for the future (in an age when people such as Mr. Trump can brazenly
tell bare-faced lies without reprisals), then it is in understanding how
our ethics have gotten us to where we are and how only broad-scale ethical
changes will get us out. An intersectional approach may take us there.

*About the resource person*

Simon C. Estok currently holds the award of Foreign Expert of the Double
First Class Discipline Cluster (2018-2021) at Sichuan University and is a
full professor and Senior Research Fellow at Sungkyunkwan University (South
Korea’s first and oldest university). Estok teaches literary theory,
ecocriticism, and Shakespearean literature. His award-winning book
and Shakespeare: Reading Ecophobia* appeared in 2011 (reprinted 2014), and
he is co-editor of three books: *Landscape, Seascape, and the Eco-Spatial
Imagination* (Routledge, 2016), *International Perspectives in Feminist
Ecocriticism* (Routledge, 2013), and *East Asian Ecocriticisms* (Macmillan,
2013). His latest book is the much anticipated *The Ecophobia
Hypothesis* (Routledge,
2018). Estok has published extensively on ecocriticism and Shakespeare in
such journals as *PMLA*, *Mosaic*, *Configurations*, *English Studies in
Canada*, and others.

*About Kritika Kultura*

Kritika Kultura is acknowledged by a host of Asian and Asian American
Studies libraries and scholarly networks, and indexed in the MLA
International Bibliography, Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Clarivate),
Scopus, EBSCO, the Directory of Open Access Journals, and the International
Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP). For inquiries about
submission guidelines and future events, visit
http://journals.ateneo.edu/ojs/kk or email kk.soh at ateneo.edu.

*Lourd Virgil Joseph I. Manalo*
English Department
Dela Costa hall
Ateneo de Manila University
Office: 426-6001 loc. 5311


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