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IAS Talking Points Seminar: Self-Devouring Growth - A Planetary Parable

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 16 May 2019

Botswana Cattle road

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.

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All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

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Institute of Advanced Studies

Location

IAS Common Ground
Ground floor, South Wing, UCL
London
WC1E 6BT
United 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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