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Abolition Democracy 11/13: Abolish Oil
Professors Alyssa Battistoni*, Daniela Gandorfer, Reinhold Martin and Bernard E. Harcourt read and discuss Reinhold Martin's “Abolish Oil.”

Mar 11, 2021 06:15 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Daniela Gandorfer
Daniela Gandorfer is a postdoctoral scholar at UC Santa Cruz, working with the quantum physicist and philosopher Karen Barad, and a co-founder of the Logische Phantasie Lab, a research agency that challenges injustices resulting from political, legal, economic, social, physical, and environmental entanglements. Daniela is trained in continental and common law legal thought, language and literature analysis, and contemporary critical theory. Her research and teaching focuses on developing methods of legal and critical analysis that actively tackle extractivist, colonialist, and capitalist modes of violence that continue to produce injustices in various fields and regions. In doing so, special focus lies on the intersection of technology, the sciences, and law.
Reinhold Martin
Reinhold Martin is Professor of Architecture in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where he directs the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. He is a member of Columbia’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society as well as the Committee on Global Thought. His work centers on histories of space, power, and the aesthetic imagination, particularly as mediated by technical infrastructures. Related areas of research include architecture and epistemology, globalization and cities, and media history. Currently, Martin is working on two books: a history of the nineteenth century American university as a media complex, and a study of the contemporary city at the intersection of aesthetics and politics.
Alyssa Battistoni
Alyssa Battistoni is a political theorist working at the intersection between environmental politics, political economy, and feminist thought. Her dissertation examined the history of the economic approach to environmental problems in the twentieth century and its implications for politics. Her academic work has been published in Political Theory and Contemporary Political Theory, and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, n+1,The Nation, Dissent, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Jacobin, where she is a member of the editorial board. She is an associate faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. As an Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment, Alyssa will work with Professor Katrina Forrester of the Department of Government to theorize new approaches to the challenges of climate politics, with particular attention to the role of the state and interaction between state and economy.