“Emigration, Anarchism and Ecology in Ferreira de Castro’s Emigrants.” Migrant Frontiers: Race and Mobility in the Luso-Hispanic World. Ed. Anna Tybinko, Daniel Silva and Lamonte Aidoo. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press (forthcoming).
In this essay, I examine the correlation between the experience of the protagonist in Ferreira de Castro novel Emigrants (1928) as an emigrant and the stance towards the natural world portrayed in the narrative. I argue that the outcome of the main character’s trip to Brazil is deeply linked to an extractivist approach to nature. In Brazil, the natural environment is tied to exploitation on a large, capitalist scale. I see the lack of solidarity in the protagonist's stance as a direct result of his views on nature.
“Comunidade Humanas e Não-Humanas em Águas do Pastaza de Inês Alves.” Natureza e Cinema Português Contemporâneo. Ed. Filipa Rosário e José Duarte. Editora Documenta/Sistema Solar. (forthcoming)
This essay reflects on the film Águas do Pastaza (2022) by Inês Alves as ecocinema. The article discusses the concepts of human and more than human nature, which are explored in the film through the representation of the daily activities of a group of children from an Amazonian indigenous community in their interaction with the beings around them. The film problematizes what could at first glance be seen as an Edenic world by revealing the ubiquitous use of cell phones by children and adults in the community. Human and more than human society and technology, the film seems to tell us, always go hand in hand. The waters of the Pastaza River appear in the film as a unifying element, bringing together humans and more than humans in a shared socio-technological existence.
"Indigenous Apocalypses: The Anthropocene Seen from the Amazon." The Anthropocene as a Multiple Crisis: Perspectives from Latin America. Edited by Elissa Rashkin. Jalisco: CALAS. (forthcoming)
(with Emanuele Fabiano)
In this article, we take Brazilian Amazonian artist Denilson Baniwa's "Oh, I see, real civilized," a re-work of a Mad Max film still, as a point of departure to discuss different understandings of the end of the world and of the Anthropocene. We argue for a re-evaluation of the notion of the Anthropocene seen from an Amazonian perspective, through the lens of peoples for whom the end of the world has already happened multiple times during the process of colonization.