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Environmental Configurations

When the River Zayandeh Rud Stopped Crossing Isfahan

Sahar Faeghi and Sophie Roche

The natural environment has been at the centre of discussions in various disciplines. Whereas the natural environment in popular understanding is external to the individual, something one can act upon, the focus in social anthropology has been on

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Hubert Wierciński

2011 ; Włodarczyk 2001 ). Others have explored the notion of standardisation, establishing relations of power and ways of acting within the biomedical environment ( Bludau 2014 ; Laviolette 2009 ). Yet doctors, as Eliane Riska and Aurelija

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Pollution and Toxicity: Cultivating Ecological Practices for Troubled Times

Josh Fisher, Mary Mostafanezhad, Alex Nading, and Sarah Marie Wiebe

necessarily prompts efforts to “organize” the environment. Anthropologists, geographers, and other social scientists have since pushed the conversation forward by inquiring into the materiality of pollution, the toxicity that manifests in situated encounters

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Na Li

environmental history in 2010 and 2013. The discussions covered a range of issues, including historical interpretation ( Hou 2013 ), population and land use, water resource management, social and economic impacts on the environment ( Zou 2010 ), environmental

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Discipline and Publish?

Transfers as Interdisciplinary Site

Cotten Seiler

environment of 2009 had for most of the Global North not yet become the “dangerous world” (around which Mimi Sheller and the other Transfers editors organized their 2017 special issue of the journal) that confronts us ten years later, as a global pandemic

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Making an Ecological Trap

Capturing the Potentiality of iPS Cells in Japan

Wakana Suzuki

fairly predictable. By contrast, iPS cells are very mercurial and elusive: they can die unexpectedly or differentiate into strange cells. Living in a petri dish in a laboratory, they are easily affected by their environment—the shape of the dishes, the

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Nighttime Navigating

Moving a Container Ship through Darkness

Maria Borovnik

commercial, globalized cargomobilities. 4 However, the article also tries to look beyond the economics and technology of navigation by specifically highlighting the innate knowledge of seafarers and their perceptions of the port and sea environments they are

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Black as Drought

Arid Landscapes and Ecologies of Encounter across the African Diaspora

Brittany Meché

useful in theorizing Black ecological thought and contemplating Black livelihoods in a range of physical environments? As such, I survey a number of theoretical and artistic engagements with deserts to sketch out other Black ecological encounters. First

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Ruth Mostern

in the basin which created conditions that were less than favorable for dense human settlement” ( Greer 1979: 3 ). Climate and Weather Climate fluctuations have had an impact on human-environment interaction in the Yellow River watershed, but these

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Zoe Bray and Christian Thauer

and distributing values, leading to the best outcomes in terms of social welfare and the environment. They insist that the ‘business of business is to increase its profits’ ( Friedman 1970 ), and nothing else. However, in reality, under conditions of