Douglas Haynes is a nonfiction writer and poet whose work focuses on marginalized people and places. A passionate advocate for international education and the documentary arts, he teaches nonfiction writing and leads a "Writing across Cultures" course in Nicaragua. Additionally, he is an Associate Professor, Department of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Luis I. Prádanos (Iñaki) is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Contemporary Studies at Miami University. His research focuses on ecocritical theory and environmental humanities in relation to Contemporary Iberian and Latin American cultures. Specifically, Iñaki's work combines cultural studies, critical theory, and ecological economics. In the last four years, he has published 15 articles on these topics and a book Postgrowth Imaginaries. New Ecologies and Counterhegemonic Culture in Post-2008 Spain
Malcom Ferdinand is a finalist for a postdoctoral position on "Interrogating the Plantationocene" that will be hosted in the Center for the History of the Environment. Ferdinand holds a PhD in political science and political philosophy from the Université Paris Diderot.
In his talk Ferdinand will explore the narratives in contemporary ecological conflicts regarding the use of pesticides in banana plantations in the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. He will show how inhabitants of these two islands put forth a conceptualization of ecological issues inextricably associated with colonialism and enslavement.