Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


The Nutmeg’s Curse and The Dawn of Everything: a discussion with Amitav Ghosh and David Wengrow

16 June 2022, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm


A discussion with Amitav Ghosh and David Wengrow.

This event is free.

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Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL Anthropocene and Institute of Archaeology

W. H. Auden argued that ‘poetry makes nothing happen’ but our shared stories about the past certainly frame what we think is politically possible in important ways. Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement (2016) challenged writers of modern fiction for their uninterest in group life and environments, a lack of interest which makes the Anthropocene unthinkable. The Nutmeg’s Curse (2021) opens out the fruit of the nutmeg tree to produce a more-than-human history of imperial and corporate entanglements which provide a set of instructive ‘parables for a world in crisis’. Here he will respond to The Dawn of Everything as another exercise in using writing to try to make something happen, to which David Wengrow will reply.

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