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.
Living Species and the Latency of Biological and Environmental Threats
Tracing a Transdisciplinary Focal Concept
Melissa M. Parks
-human—which carry with them attendant moral responsibilities” (587). Thus, our connection to and situatedness within a biotic community, a natural ecosystem, does not discount our obligations to our correlating social communities (and vice versa). This is a critical
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abstained from the aid regime altogether, because it “had not been a colonial power” and therefore had no moral responsibility ( Hoebink, 2005, pp. 379 ). However, after 1977 political parties and the NGO sector put growing pressure to raise the aid volume