Fri, Apr 21|
Book Launch When Forest Run Amok by Daniel Ruiz-Serna
Time & Location
Apr 21, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Montréal, 3460 Rue McTavish, Montréal, QC H3A 0E6, Canada
About the Event
Please join us for the launch of Daniel Ruiz-Serna's new book When Forests Run Amok.
The launch will take place at McGill on April 21st in Peterson Hall 116 (12-2pm)
with discussants Dr. Colin Scott (McGill) and Dr. Kregg Hetherington (Concordia).
In When Forests Run Amok Daniel Ruiz-Serna follows the afterlives of war, showing how they affect the variety of human and nonhuman beings that compose the region of Bajo Atrato: the traditional land of Indigenous and Afro-Colombian peoples. Attending to Colombia’s armed conflict as an experience that resounds in the lives and deaths of people, animals, trees, rivers, and spirits, Ruiz-Serna traces a lasting damage that brought Indigenous peoples to compel the Colombian government to legally recognize their territories as victims of war. Although this recognition extends transitional justice into new terrains, Ruiz-Serna considers the collective and individual wounds that continue unsettling spirits, preventing shamans from containing evil, attracting jaguars to the taste of human flesh, troubling the flow of rivers, and impeding the ability of people to properly deal with the dead. Ruiz-Serna raises potent questions about the meanings of justice, the forms it can take, and the limits of human-rights frameworks to repair the cosmic order that war unravels when it unsettles more-than-human worlds—causing forests to run amok.
Looking forward to seeing many of you there!
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