A study of gardens and land proposes not only a study of the relationship to the soil and vegetation, but a study of the link between land and identity. The garden, a delineated area, is at once a space that can be controlled and manipulated, as well as a container of richness and biodiversity. As places of memory and spaces of identity, gardens and land can also serve as places of resistance. However, in Martinique and Guadeloupe, toxic pollution authorized by the French government's has had lasting effects. Tropiques Toxiques, a graphic novel by Jessica Oublié (available here), has been very important in drawing attention to the use of chlordecone, a pesticide used on the banana crops between 1972 and 1993 in the French Antilles. This chemical pesticide not only polluted the land but also the bodies of many people on these islands, resulting in increased rates of cancer as well as other social and sanitary consequences. Building upon our previous intervention for bananas, we encourage you to assess the relationship between gardens, land, and bananas with colonial/post-colonial toxicity. Given the role that Tropiques Toxiques has played in shedding light on this issue, we invite you to reflect on this medium and create your own 1-2 page graphic novel panel on ecology, colonialism, environmental justice, and/or gender in the language of your choosing. You can e-mail submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be shared on this site.
Call for Contributions: Submit a 1-2 page graphic novel panel that deals with the themes of ecology, colonialism, environmental justice, and/or gender. These can be submitted in the language of your choosing. All submissions will be shared on the Gardens page of this website. We encourage you to share, as well as comment on and engage with the other submissions.
Hybrid Panel Presentation of Submissions: December 6, 2021, 12-1PM EST - Colonialism and Ecology with Dr. Jennifer Boum-Make's course at Georgetown University. Register here at https://bit.ly/ColonialismEcologyPanel