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Sicilian Futures in the Making

Living Species and the Latency of Biological and Environmental Threats

Mara Benadusi

Discourses and practices of anticipation occupy a hypertrophic space in contexts where uncontrolled industrial growth has inflicted grave damage on peoples and territories, even triggering environmental disasters. This article explores the use of nonhuman species as anticipatory devices in a petrochemical terminal in Sicily, focusing on public representations of three species: scavenger bacteria that play a cleansing role and underline citizens’ moral responsibility to secure their best possible futures through bioscience; migrating flamingos that breed under the petrochemical chimneys, raising the possibility of hopefulness by highlighting ecosystem resilience; and fish affected by spina bifida, which reveal human health status in advance, communicating the need to live in preparation for potential diseases. The analysis reveals the highly contentious character of these anticipatory devices and the contested ideas about possible futures they imply, thus shedding light on the ecological frictions that have repercussions locally and globally, in discourse and social practice.

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People, Clouds, and Roots

Between the Unseen, the Seen, and the Unforeseen

Yunita T. Winarto, Sue Walker, and Rhino Ariefiansyah

Various studies reveal the paradox of farmers’ local knowledge. Farmers are equipped with traditional cosmology and detailed empirical knowledge of their agricultural habitats. However, these same knowledge frameworks seem to contribute to entrapping farmers in a mind-set that prevents them from understanding the diverse unintended consequences of changes in their environment. To avoid this, we utilize the learning arena of science field shops (SFSs) to help farmers better understand the relationships at work from the “clouds to the roots and in between”, and to address ongoing changes and vulnerabilities in the environment. This article seeks to explain the changes that occurred to farmers following the learning they acquired from SFSs and its impact on their anticipation and decision making.

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Transition as Cultural Revitalization

Exploring Social Motives for Environmental Movement Participation

Anna J. Willow

Transition, an international movement that promotes local resilience in anticipation of climate change and fossil fuel scarcity. “We can't sustain this,” Terry declared, “so we can either have this complete breakdown into chaos or we can create communities

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Christian Hunold

wild species” (2010: 144). This “melding of human-as-birder with landscape-with-birds comprises four essential components: anticipation; repetition; aesthetics; and fulfillment” (149). This sort of “melding” captures some of what is at stake in the

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Unbuilt and Unfinished

The Temporalities of Infrastructure

Ashley Carse and David Kneas

mining in Ecuador (David Kneas) and environmental management in Panama (Ashley Carse). For Ecuadorians living in the liminal space between the departure of one mining company and arrival of another, the prominent temporal orientation was not anticipation

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Becoming an Agricultural Growth Corridor

African Megaprojects at a Situated Scale

Serena Stein and Marc Kalina

territorial feature. The corridor spawns “economies of anticipation” that are lived and felt through speculation on future benefits and risks. Similarly, for Hassan Kochore (2016) , the corridor extends to the “anxieties and enchantment” that accompanies

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Fighting Invasive Infrastructures

Indigenous Relations against Pipelines

Anne Spice

therefore inevitable and by environmental activists who operate on the assumption that the pipeline will break (they always break). But what of infrastructures that do not yet exist? How might spaces of anticipation, spaces slated as “energy corridors

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Home and Away

The Politics of Life after Earth

Micha Rahder

twenty-first century, anticipation: “a moral economy in which the future sets the conditions of possibility for action in the present, in which the future is inhabited in the present” ( Adams et al. 2009: 249 ). Critical scholars can be fearful of the

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Accounting for Loss in Fish Stocks

A Word on Life as Biological Asset

Jennifer E. Telesca

Technical Conference on the Conservation of the Living Resources of the Sea ( Finley 2011 ; Smith 1994 ), which in principle provided “technical” advice on fishing in anticipation of the legally binding instruments related to the Law of the Sea Conventions

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From proclamation to denial

Indigenous rights and political participation in Venezuela

Catherine Alès

posed by the miners. They also protested again against the AMO project and the negation of their right to prior consultation. 36 In response, and in anticipation of the further protests, then Venezuelan Vice-President, Jorge Arreaza, made it known on