Patenting living organisms encourages two forms of violence. First, life-forms are treated as if they were machines, thus denying their self-organising capacity. Second, by allowing the patenting of future generations of plants and animals, the self-reproducing capacity of living organisms is denied.
– Vandana Shiva, The Corporate Control of Life
OCA presents Vandana Shiva, the environmental activist and newly appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Oslo, in a lecture addressing central concerns of the world at large – sustainable development and social justice, the integrity of living resources, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. In her research and activism and as an author and philosopher, Shiva has focused on the connection between feminism and ecology, and helped raise awareness about the living conditions for women in developing countries. Through the foundation of Navdanya in 1991, Shiva created a national Indian movement to protect diversity and integrity of living resources, while contributing significantly to the international debate around biodiversity.
Shiva was one of the inaugural speakers in ‘The State of Things’, part of Norway’s Representation at this year's edition of the Venice Biennale. OCA invited Shiva to speak in that context on ‘The War Against Earth’, in a presentation that raised the awareness about a dominant economy that myopically focuses on the workings of the market, ignoring both nature's economy and the sustenance economy on which it depends.
The presentation of Vandana Shiva at OCA has been made possible
by a generous cooperation with SUM
- Centre for Development and the Environment at University of Oslo.
About Vandana Shiva
Vandana Shiva. Photo: Giulio Squillacciotti
Vandana Shiva (b.1952, Dehradun, India, lives
and works in Delhi, India) is a philosopher, environmental
activist, eco-feminist and author, one of the leaders of the
International Forum on Globalization, and a figure of the
alter-globalisation movement. She has received the Global 500 Award
from the United Nations Environment Programme and the Earth Day
International Award of the United Nations. Her recent publications
include Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed (2007),
Soil Not Oil (2008), Staying Alive (2010) and
The Corporate Control of Life (2011) as part of the
dOCUMENTA (13) Notebook series. She is currently associated with
the Institute of Science and the Institute of Management in
Vandana Shiva visits Oslo to give her Honorary Degree Acceptance Speech at the University of Oslo on 1 September, on the occasion of recently being appointed Honorary Professor of the University of Oslo.