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Disrupting Dominant Identities Network (DDIN): Knowledge in a perfect storm (colonial capitalism under climate change)

October 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Dr Warwick Tie, Massey University

In this presentation, I explore the prospects for subjectivities that might collaborate with indigenous ecological projects under the conditions of climate change, without controlling them. Intimations for subject positions of this kind may lie, following Mark Fisher and Nina Power, with a form of hope that ‘haunts’ rather than ‘promises’. I draw upon a particular archive of writing to explore this possibility: a set of reflections published on the 14-year collaboration between scientists from Otago University and the people of Rakiura on the ecology of mutton-birds (the sooty shearwater). Pākehā contributions to cross-cultural knowledge production, the archive suggests, find themselves moving between linear and retroactive temporalities as used within scientific disciplines to map causal relationships. Indigenous forms of explanation are seen to build exclusively upon retroactive forms of causality and are routinely ‘positioned’ in the archive as being secondary in explanatory power to the linear forms of explanation that characterise the scientific model. The movement of retroactive causality nevertheless structures each of the scientists’ reflections, thereby turning up throughout the texts ‘out of place’. As a consequence, retroactive time has the potential to inaugurate a state of haunting. Another form of haunting also emerges within the archive, in the form of a spectral standpoint from which it is envisaged that the movements between temporalities/causal forms can be witnessed. The seminar explores the implications and prospects of these hauntings for collaborative knowledge production, under the impress of climate change as an externalisation of capital’s contradictions.


Dr Warwick Tie teaches sociology in the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University. His research interests have increasingly focussed upon the forms of political subjectivities emerging under colonial capitalism. His current focus within this area concerns the effects of climate change upon those relations.

This seminar is available in the following University rooms or access via your desktop using the Zoom link. Please register using the form below, or follow the instructions for Waikato and Canterbury Universities.

University of Otago: AVC2
University of Auckland:
Arts 1 Room 510
University of Canterbury: please book through your assist booking system https://assist.canterbury.ac.nz/selfservice/
Waikato University: Please contact your IT Helpdesk to book.

From your desktop the Zoom link is https://otago.zoom.us/j/291448736

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October 16
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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