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Returning to Nature

Post-carbon Utopias in Svalbard, Norway

Cecilie Vindal Ødegaard

While industrial closures in past decades were legitimized through an emphasis on economic motives, current closures are often framed within an emphasis on ‘green transition’, that is, through prefigurative discourses about post-carbon futures. This article discusses how the prefigurative transition framework reshapes the industrialization narrative, seeking to bridge the anthropology of energy and theories of performance. By paying attention to how ‘proclaimed transition’ is envisioned, narrated, and performed, the article explores the ways in which transition in Svalbard is spectacularly dramatized by the dismantling of the Svea coal mines, accompanied by the ‘returning to nature’ of the area. The article analyzes this ‘returning’ as a social drama of our anthropogenic times, demonstrating how landscape and nature are made key entities in performances of post-carbon utopia(s).

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Natalie Bump Vena, Paige Dawson, Thomas De Pree, Sarah Hitchner, George Holmes, Sudarshan R Kottai, Daniel J Murphy, Susan Paulson, Victoria C. Ramenzoni, and Kathleen Smythe

, “Western” societies—the book does not really engage with how this is unequally distributed between and within societies. Wapner prescribes rewilding as a way of letting some wildness back into the world and into our lives, to lower our environmental

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Contemporary Megaprojects

An Introduction

Seth Schindler, Simin Fadaee, and Dan Brockington

debated ethically, or it can be understood as a design praxis and method. Moreover, there are several practices—such as a strand of geoengineering known as SRM and the practice of trophic rewilding—that might not officially be categorized as biomimetic but

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Civilization as the Undesired World

Radical Environmentalism and the Uses of Dystopia in Times of Climate Crisis

Stine Krøijer

place for ‘rewilding’ themselves. This makes activists in the camp slightly different from the more hard-nosed homesteaders and primitivists described by Austdal, who seem to focus all their efforts on creating and maintaining ‘wilderness’ as a time

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No One Can Hold It Back

The Theopolitics of Water and Life in Chilean Patagonia without Dams

Carlota McAllister

, opening roads, and killing native predators were also anathema to conservationists. PSR thus tended to ignore or even belittle Cochranino concerns about the project. This insult was compounded by the purchase and rewilding of the property formed in the

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Cynthia Browne, Proshant Chakraborty, Alice Clarebout, Melanie Vivier, Jan De Wolf, Deniz Duruiz, Karen Latricia Hough, Marija Ivanović, Irina Kretser, Anders Norge Lauridsen, and Monica Vasile

empathise with the author's own bewilderment. The non-human character of the bark beetle in Chapter 6 focuses the lens on the agency of nature. The bark beetle takes on different meanings. To conservationists, the beetle is an agent of rewilding. To