Please join us for a lecture by Suzana Sawyer, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis, on "Toxic Matters: Law, Science & Risk in an Ecuadorian Lawsuit Against the Chevron Corporation."
Suzana Sawyer is a cultural and environmental anthropologist engaged with issues of oil politics and human rights in the Amazonian region of Ecuador. Sawyer follows the social life of oil through the indigenous communities that suffer the exploitation of their land's resources, to the Ecuadorian state, to the multinational oil companies in the U.S. courts where the toxic effects of oil drilling and natural gas extraction by Texaco9 and Chevron have been litigated. Her book, Crude Chronicles (Duke, 2004) situates the cultural environment of the upper Amazon in this broad institutional nexus, rethinking anthropological categories (local, global, citizen, state – among other) as she goes.
Sponsored by the Program in Latin American Studies, East Asian Studies Program, the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Program in Law and Public Affairs.