Institute of Geography, we set about a project to train community members to use freely available, easy-to-use software (Google Earth) to create a digital atlas of indigenous language place names and accounts by the community of culturally significant places
Collaborative Digital Mapping with the Itelmen Peoples
Brian Thom, Benedict J. Colombi, and Tatiana Degai
Un-Earthing an Epoch
Valerie Olson and Lisa Messeri
As “the Anthropocene” emerges as a geological term and environmental analytic, this paper examines its emerging rhetorical topology. We show that Anthropocene narratives evince a macroscale division between an “inner” and “outer” environment. This division situates an Anthropocenic environment that matters in the surface zone between Earth's subsurface and the extraterrestrial “outer spaces” that we address here. We review literature in the sciences and social sciences to show how contemporary environmental thinking has been informed by understandings of Earth's broader planet-scaled environmental relations. Yet, today's Anthropocene conversation draws analytic attention inward and downward. Bringing in literature from scholars who examine the role of the extraterrestrial and outer environmental perspectives in terrestrial worlds, we suggest that Anthropocenic theorizations can productively incorporate inclusive ways of thinking about environments that matter. We argue for keeping “Anthropocene” connected to its spatial absences and physical others, including those that are non-anthropos in the extreme.
Too-rapid climate change; massive extinctions; ocean acidification; slow-decaying pollutants; fresh-water contamination; critical ecosystem transitions: industrialization has proved far more deadly to life on earth than its designers might
Wellbeing, Place and Extractivism in the Amazon
Juan Pablo Sarmiento Barletti
(‘real Ashaninka people’) and of social relations between human and other-than-human beings (e.g. Earth, animals, plants, spirits) through three interconnected sets of knowledge. The first set is the control of antisocial emotions like anger and
Frantz Fanon was an enthusiastic reader of Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason and in this essay I focus on what can be gleaned from The Wretched of the Earth about how he read it. I argue that the reputation among Sartre's critics of the Critique as a failure on the grounds that it was left incomplete should take into account its presence in Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth. Their shared perspectives on the systemic character of racism and colonialism, on the genesis and fragility of groups, and on parties indicates the vitality of the ideas set out in the Critique. However, these similarities between the two thinkers are offset by their differences on national consciousness and on the rural masses. I end by speculating about a certain defence on Sartre's part toward Fanon's concrete experience.
existing waterworks and the populations that depended precariously upon them. In all ways, the Han efforts, which each entailed mobilizing tens of thousands of laborers to move earth for projects that took two or three years to complete, set the stage for
Nature, Narrative, and Identity in Dystopian Film
This article offers an ecocritical reading of four dystopian films, two from the early 1970s and two from the late 1990s: Silent Running, Soylent Green, eXistenZ, and Gattaca. In particular, it interprets these films – which variously predict the probable ramifications of environmental catastrophe and biotechnological progress – in relation to contrasting conceptualizations of 'nature' that might broadly be termed either the 'postmodern' or 'ecological'. It argues that despite the genre's apparent preoccupation with technologically advanced, virtual or urban environments, the concept of 'nature' and 'the natural' remains crucial to dystopian cinema's characteristic critique of authoritarian power structures that restrict individual self-expression, and its interrogation of human individuality and selfhood. Moreover, it suggests that even self- consciously postmodern dystopias are rooted in the experience of embodiment, and point towards a reconceptualized idea of 'the natural' that is shaped by, and often fused with, technology.
Hendrik Paasche, Katja Paasche, and Peter Dietrich
Humankind lives in a dynamic environment and is exposed to ever-changing environmental conditions. Since ancient times, Earth system observation has been triggered by the desire to adapt to dynamic processes, for example, by foreseeing hazardous
The Politics of Life after Earth
Outer space imaginaries are booming. Reborn from Cold War projects into the post-9/11 securitized era, imaginaries of expanding life—human and otherwise—beyond the surface of the planet Earth are proliferating, creating new material impacts
Gothic Ecology in Algernon Blackwood’s Pan’s Garden: A Volume of Nature Stories
no longer conducive to understanding Earth’s increasingly unpredictable climate. ‘An accurate narrative vision of the coming centuries and climate’, Scott asserts, ‘requires our acceptance of chaos as a player in future scenarios’. 3 The real crux of