Staying With The Trouble

Author: Donna J. Haraway
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822373785
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In the midst of spiraling ecological devastation, multispecies feminist theorist Donna J. Haraway offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants. She eschews referring to our current epoch as the Anthropocene, preferring to conceptualize it as what she calls the Chthulucene, as it more aptly and fully describes our epoch as one in which the human and nonhuman are inextricably linked in tentacular practices. The Chthulucene, Haraway explains, requires sym-poiesis, or making-with, rather than auto-poiesis, or self-making. Learning to stay with the trouble of living and dying together on a damaged earth will prove more conducive to the kind of thinking that would provide the means to building more livable futures. Theoretically and methodologically driven by the signifier SF—string figures, science fact, science fiction, speculative feminism, speculative fabulation, so far—Staying with the Trouble further cements Haraway's reputation as one of the most daring and original thinkers of our time.

Posthuman Glossary

Author: Rosi Braidotti
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1350030260
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If art, science, and the humanities have shared one thing, it was their common engagement with constructions and representations of the human. Under the pressure of new contemporary concerns, however, we are experiencing a "posthuman condition†?; the combination of new developments-such as the neoliberal economics of global capitalism, migration, technological advances, environmental destruction on a mass scale, the perpetual war on terror and extensive security systems- with a troublesome reiteration of old, unresolved problems that mean the concept of the human as we had previously known it has undergone dramatic transformations. The Posthuman Glossary is a volume providing an outline of the critical terms of posthumanity in present-day artistic and intellectual work. It builds on the broad thematic topics of Anthropocene/Capitalocene, eco-sophies, digital activism, algorithmic cultures and security and the inhuman. It outlines potential artistic, intellectual, and activist itineraries of working through the complex reality of the 'posthuman condition', and creates an understanding of the altered meanings of art vis-Á -vis critical present-day developments. It bridges missing links across disciplines, terminologies, constituencies and critical communities. This original work will unlock the terms of the posthuman for students and researchers alike.

Restorying Environmental Education

Author: Chessa Adsit-Morris
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319487965
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This book examines a performative environmental educational inquiry through a place-based eco-art project collaboratively undertaken with a class of grade 4-6 students around the lost streams of Vancouver. The resulting work explores the contradictions gathered in relation to the Western educational system and the encounter with “Other” (real and imaginary others), including the shifting and growing “self,” and an attempt to find and foster nourishing alliances for transforming environmental education. Drawing on the work of new materialist theorists Donna Haraway, Rosi Braidotti, and Karen Barad, Adsit-Morris considers the co-constitutive materiality of human corporeality and nonhuman natures and provides useful tools for finding creative theoretical alternatives to the reductionist, representationalist, and dualistic practices of the Western metaphysics.

The Shifting Sands Of The North Sea Lowlands

Author: Katie Ritson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0429955510
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Global seawater levels are rising and the low-lying coasts of the North Sea basin are amongst the most vulnerable in Europe. In our current moment of environmental crisis, the North Sea coasts are literary arenas in which the challenges and concerns of the Anthropocene are being played out. This book shows how the fragile landscapes around the North Sea have served as bellwethers for environmental concern both now and in the recent past. It looks at literary sources drawn from the countries around the North Sea (Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and England) from the mid-nineteenth century onwards, taking them out of their established national and cultural contexts and reframing them in the light of human concern with fast-changing and hazardous environments. The six chapters serve as literary case studies that highlight memories of flood disaster and recovery, attempts to engineer the landscape into submission, perceptions of the landscape as both local and global, and the imagination of the future of our planet. This approach, which combines environmental history and ecocriticism, shows the importance of cultural artefacts in understandings of, and responses to, environmental change, and advocates for the importance of literary studies in the environmental humanities. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of the Environmental Humanities, including Eco-criticism and Environmental History, as well as anyone studying literature from the Germanic philologies.

Chipping Shredding And Layering

Author: Morgan Leslie Wright
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In the recent history of the earth, the last 200 years specifically, human activity has changed the very stratigraphy of the planet. This is a direct result of industrialization at the turn of the 19th century, which was followed by rapid urbanization and exponential development across the globe. This stratigraphic layer of human induced disturbance is being churned and spread across the Earth's surface to reveal all the environmental, sociological, and political indiscretions of the human species. The total story of the anthropocene is being exposed as one anthropogenic crust, that when examined closely, will tell all future epochs what, exactly, happened during this short period of time when humans roamed the planet. The research and design methodology in Chipping, Shredding and Layering is distilled into two parts: An Anthropogenic Geology and Materials at our disposal. An Anthropogenic Geology will focus on a geologic investigation of the material that currently constructs the Port Lands in Toronto, Ontario. It explores the modern narrative of building material in the city and draws relationships between extraction sites, sites of production, and sites of disposal. Part two: Materials at our disposal will explore ways to design using these difficult materials through three geologic design experiments. Each experiment focuses on a singular material that has been identified as difficult to dispose of and explores how it can be used periodically over both short and extended periods of time to create public spaces that change annually. Each material category has been identified as occurring in abundance on site during the excavation for the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project and looks to utilize it in the aftermath. Using these geological design experiments, this thesis explores a speculative future where the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project incorporates three design experiments made of unusual materials for public spaces. Each experiment identifies ways to use excavated material to create new unconventional public landscapes. Though they may not have the capital value, or the green turf expected of large park projects, each experiment identifies significant parts of the site history and intentionally designs the long-term future of the park ensuring its continual success. Each experiment focuses on the accumulation and depletion of material, and how that might spark social agency or how, given a framework, naturally the site will make "living with the mess"[1] an enlightening experience. [1] Donna Jeanne Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, Experimental Futures (Durham: Duke University Press, 2016).