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Amitav Ghosh: “Unmuting the Brutes: Human and Non-human After the Collapse of ‘Civilization’”

February 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm  |  Music Center Recital Hall

Amitav Ghosh

CREDITLINE PHOTO: Ivo van der Bent. 22-01-2019 Amitav Ghosh in Amsterdam.

The Humanities Institute and the Center for Creative Ecologies present Beyond the End of the World Lecture Series


Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 7 PM
Music Recital Hall, UC Santa Cruz
Free & open to the public with registration
Book signing after the talk, hosted by Bookshop Santa Cruz




The idea of the ‘human’ dates back to the founding of modernity, now hurtling towards collapse. As this process intensifies it may bring about a fundamental reconsideration of modern ideas regarding which entities possess such attributes as agency, speech, and reason. If so what kinds of narratives and knowledge traditions can we turn to for guidance about what might lie ahead?

Amitav Ghosh is an award-winning writer, who was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He is the author of two books of non-fiction, including The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016), a collection of essays, and ten novels. In 2018 he became the first English-language writer to receive India’s highest literary honor, the Jnanpith Award. His most recent publication is Gun Island, a novel.

Beyond the End of the World comprises a year-long research and exhibition project and public lecture series, directed by T. J. Demos of UCSC’s Center for Creative Ecologies. The project brings leading international thinkers and cultural practitioners to UC Santa Cruz to discuss what lies beyond dystopian catastrophism, and asks how we can cultivate radical futures of social justice and ecological flourishing. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Culture and administered by The Humanities Institute. For more information visit BEYOND.UCSC.EDU

Presented in partnership with the Sidhartha Maitra Memorial Lecture. The Maitra lecture series, established in 2001, seeks to enrich the intellectual life of UC Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz community.

Co-sponsored by the Center for South Asian Studies at UC Santa Cruz.

Directions and Parking:
The UCSC Music Recital Hall is located at 402 McHenry Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Parking lot attendants will be on site to sell permits and direct guests to available parking in the Performing Arts parking lot #126. The cost for parking is $5.

If you have disability-related needs, please contact the The Humanities Institute at or call 831-459-5655.


February 27, 2020
7:00 pm