IAS Talking Points Seminar: Self-Devouring Growth - A Planetary Parable
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 16 May 2019
The IAS is delighted to welcome Prof Julie Livingston, NYU, for this talk. Respondent: Prof Henrietta Moore, Director of the Institute of Global Prosperity.
This event is free.
Institute of Advanced Studies
IAS Common GroundGround floor, South Wing, UCLLondonWC1E 6BTUnited Kingdom
This talk, like the book from which it is drawn, calls into question the imperative of economic growth, tracing the unintended consequences of escalating consumption. Using a series of linked cases of successful economic growth in Botswana as a model (water, roads, and cattle), it shows how insatiable growth, predicated on consumption, will inevitably overwhelm, a process I term self-devouring growth.
Julie Livingston is Professor of Cultural and Social and Analysis and of History at NYU. She is author of Improvising Medicine: an African Oncology Ward in an Emerging Cancer Epidemic (Duke) and Debility and the Moral Imagination in Botswana. In 2013 she was recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.
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