Half-Lives Lived Otherwise: “calendars and geographies from below” – Dr. Targol Mesbah

Social Justice Institute
Noted Scholars Lecture Series

Dr. Targol Mesbah
Half-Lives Lived Otherwise: “calendars and geographies from below”

Nov 16, 12-1pm
Room 028, Jack Bell Building
2080 West Mall, UBC

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Abstract: The ecological magnitude of radioactive contamination, from uranium mining to the deployment of depleted uranium weaponry, suggests a spatially linked chain of nuclear development that poses challenges for activist research within the context of corporate science and state censorship. This talk will attempt to think through how the Zapatista concept of history, “that complex network of calendars and geographies from below,” can help us imagine research whose temporality and ethical orientation leans into life-sustaining praxis.


Dr. Targol Mesbah is Assistant Professor in Anthropology & Social Change at the California Institute of Integral Studies where she teaches critical theory and media studies. Her research connects media technologies with technologies of warfare in historical, theoretical and political work that is invested in making visible subjugated experiences and knowledges. She also engages in curatorial work when she can.