OF Forests and Floods: Podcast Listening and Discussion
"Join us for a listening and discussion of the speculative podcast/radio episode, Of Forests and Floods. You can join us for a collective listening 7-8pm, or you can listen to the episode live on KPFA 94.1's (https://kpfa.org/) APEX-Express with Preeti Shekar, and then join us for a discussion via zoom at 8pm, at: tinyurl.com/forestsandfloods
In October 2019, the UN published a report that coastal cities such as Mumbai faced an existential threat by 2050 due to rising sea levels, if global emissions continued unabated. In this episode, an experiment in speculative multi-species ethnography, the city of Mumbai is imagined from the future, when the landscape has been returned to its prior amphibious ecology, after the Great Floods of 2042. Presented in the voice of the Aarey Forest, which has been on the frontlines of a battle between environmental/indigenous activists and the State since 2014, the narrative offers a retreat to the present as a moment of possibility towards a different future.
Anuj Vaidya is a 4th year student in Performance Studies at UC Davis, whose work meanders around themes of queer ecologies. This work is the culmination of six months of fieldwork conducted in India in 2019. Thanks to the Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds Initiative, and the Feminist Research Institute at UC Davis for supporting this work."