Event Series: Climate Change

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Join the CGS team in welcoming Farhana Sultana (Professor of Geography at Syracuse University) for her virtual lecture, "From Climate Coloniality to Climate Revolution" on Wednesday, November 8th at 12PM

The extremely uneven and inequitable impacts of climate change create differential vulnerabilities, experiences, responses, and coping mechanisms worldwide. Climate coloniality clarifies how to understand this in more nuanced ways. The coloniality of climate seeps through everyday life across space and time, weighing down and curtailing opportunities and possibilities through global racial capitalism, colonial dispossessions, and climate debts. Decolonizing climate needs to address the complexities of colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, international development, and geopolitics that contribute to reproducing ongoing colonialities through existing global governance structures, discursive framings, imagined solutions, and interventions. This requires addressing epistemic violence and material outcomes to foster care-full resplendent climate revolutions. By weaving through such mediations, I offer an understanding of climate coloniality and climate revolutions that are theorized and grounded in lived experiences.

Farhana Sultana is a Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She also is the Research Director for Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Maxwell School.

She is the faculty affiliate/associate for several programs and departments, such as Women’s and Gender Studies Department, International Relations Program, Center for Environmental Policy and Administration (CEPA), South Asia Center, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Tolley Humanities Faculty, Democratizing Knowledge Collective, and Asian/Asian-American Studies.

As an internationally recognized and award-winning interdisciplinary scholar, speaker, and author, Sultana is broadly interested in nature-society relationships, political ecology, climate justice, water governance, critical development studies, transnational feminist theories, critical urban studies, human rights, citizenship, decolonizing, and South Asia.




       1.        Sultana, Farhana 2022. “The Unbearable Heaviness of Climate Coloniality” Political Geography 99: 102638 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2022.102638
        2.      Sultana, Farhana, 2022. "Resplendent care-full climate revolutions" Political Geography 99: 102785 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2022.102785
        3.      Sultana, Farhana 2022. “Critical Climate Justice” The Geographical Journal 188:118–124  https://doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12417
        4.      Sultana, Farhana 2023. “Political ecology III: Praxis - doing, undoing, and being in radical political ecology research” Progress in Human Geography, https://doi.org/10.1177/03091325231157360
        5.      Sultana, Farhana 2019. “Decolonizing Development Education and the Pursuit of Social Justice” Human Geography 12(3): 31–46. https://doi.org/10.1177/194277861901200305