by Daniele Valisena Daniele Valisena reviews the book Future Remains: A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene, edited by Gregg Mitman, Marco Armiero and Robert Emmett (University of Chicago Press, 2018). If curiosity is insubordination, Future Remains elevates it to a key role in approaching – and hopefully changing – the “human epoch”.
by Salvatore De Rosa This is a very personal account of an ethnographic immersion in the epicenter of an environmental conflict of huge proportions. That happens to be, at the same time, the place where I was born. It is an attempt at connecting the dots between individual existence, collective destinies and glocal ecological transformations. Campania, anno 2016, Anthropocene has already shown up here as Biocide. But in the Zone we became Stalkers…
by Salvatore De Rosa and Jevgeniy Bluwstein The “Warning to Humanity” signed by more than 15.000 scientists calls for action to save the planet proposing elitist environmentalism and missing the real target. Instead, scientists should analyse the roots of the socio-ecological crisis and join the grassroots struggles pushing for structural changes from local to global A recent “Warning to Humanity” by Ripple et al, signed by more than 15.000 scientists, has received global media attention. According to this call for action, the threat of global […]
By Heather Anne Swanson* There are plenty of troubling things about the Anthropocene, but one of its most troubling dimensions is the sheer number of people it fails to trouble. In response, we need to trouble the Anthropocene’s banality, argues Heather Ann Swanson.
By Richard Bater* Snowpiercer, a 2013 science fiction film by Bong Joon-Ho, takes us on a post-apocalyptic train ride through Earth. In this blog post, Richard creatively refracts the plot of the film to consider several strands of political thought concerning the anthropocene and human-environment relations.
A state of shock is something that happens to us not only when something bad happens. It’s what happens to us when we lose our narrative, when we lose our story, when we become disoriented. – Naomi Klein
“Arrogant and short-sighted leadership; distracted people dancing on the boat; and poor preparation for the catastrophe”. Marco Armiero discusses three narratives of the Anthropocene and why the stories we tell are so important. In the end, it does not matter how well equipped or prepared the boat is; only mutiny can change its course.
by Alf Hornborg* To focus on the exploitative and destructive logic of the very idea of money might finally help us envisage the end of capitalism. Envisaging an end to capitalism is no doubt preferable to imagining the end of the world, even if it is more difficult. I maintain that any vision of “post-capitalism” that holds on to the idea of general-purpose money is a contradiction in terms. This text is an abbreviated version of the keynote lecture given by Alf Hornborg at the conference […]
An Interview with Vandana Shiva. By Ethemcan Turhan.* There is this fear of intellectual freedom because the old paradigm must be maintained to continue that project of colonising the earth, colonising people’s minds. The minute people are able to think for themselves, that project is over.
By Aaron Vansintjan.* Talk about the Anthropocene often has a tendency to rely on apolitical and colonialist assumptions. But the turn to ecology in the humanities will require acknowledging—and, more importantly, supporting—those peoples who have never turned their back on ‘ecology’ in the first place.