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Ryan Gunderson

“market fetishism” are obstacles to forming an adequate solution to the environmental crisis (for overlapping conceptualizations of ideology in environmental studies, even when the term is not explicitly used, see Hornborg 2001 ; Melathopoulos and Stoner

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Less Than One But More Than Many

Anthropocene as Science Fiction and Scholarship-in-the-Making

Heather Anne Swanson, Nils Bubandt, and Anna Tsing

How might one responsibly review a field just coming into being—such as that provoked by the term Anthropocene? In this article, we argue for two strategies. First, working from the premise that the Anthropocene field is best understood within its emergence, we review conferences rather than publications. In conference performances, we glimpse the themes and tensions of a field-to-come. Second, we interpret Anthropocene as a science-fiction concept, that is, one that pulls us out of familiar space and time to view our predicaments differently. This allows us to explore emergent figurations, genres, and practices for the transdisciplinary study of real and imagined worlds framed by human disturbance. In the interplay and variation across modes for constructing this field, Anthropocene scholarship finds its shape.

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John C. Ryan

Since the eighteenth century, the study of plants has reflected an increasingly mechanized and technological view of the natural world that divides the humanities and the natual sciences. In broad terms, this article proposes a context for research into flora through an interrogation of existing literature addressing a rapprochement between ways to knowledge. The natureculture dichotomy, and more specifically the plant-to-human sensory disjunction, follows a parallel course of resolution to the schism between objective (technical, scientific, reductionistic, visual) and subjective (emotive, artistic, relational, multi-sensory) forms of knowledge. The foundations of taxonomic botany, as well as the allied fields of environmental studies, ethnobotany and economic botany, are undergirded by universalizing, sensorylimited visual structuring of the natural world. As the study of everyday embodied interactions of humans with flora, expanding upon the lens of cultural ecology, "cultural botany" provides a transdisciplinary research approach. Alternate embodied cultural engagements with flora emerge through a syncretic fusion of diverse methodologies.

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Kate Soper

All of those working in the broad field of environmental studies (and I here include, among others, philosophers, geographers, political ecologists, sociologists, cultural historians and critics) are likely to agree to two points. First, the term “nature” which has been so central to our various debates, has lost its all-purpose conceptual status and can no longer be bandied around as it once was. This does not mean that we have ceased to use it. Indeed, it still regularly recurs in ecological laments and admonitions (it is “nature”, after all, that we are being told is being lost, damaged, polluted and eroded; and it is nature that we are enjoined to respect, protect and conserve). But we readily acknowledge now that this is no more than a kind of shorthand: a convenient, but fairly gestural, concept of eco-political argument whose meaning is increasingly contested. This bears on the second point of presumed agreement, namely, that we can, broadly speaking, discern two main parties to this contest over the nature of nature: the realists on the one hand, and the contructivists on the other. Since this distinction will be familiar to readers in its general outline, I shall not here elaborate in any detail upon it. But a few specifications might be added at this point.

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Yves Laberge

aims to question the specific, national approaches to environmental studies and sustainable development according to a given dominant paradigm, in a given country, in a certain era. Comparing theoretical approaches according to countries can be a

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Past and Present

Matthew P. Romaniello

breadth of disciplines: history, anthropology, linguistics, and environmental studies, to name a few. It begins with a look at the contribution of Finnish ships and sailors to the Russian American Company’s efforts in the North Pacific by the eminent

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Andrew McCumber

‘GOO’ (Get Oil Out!) which took a militant stand against any and all oil activity in the Channel.” The spill also catalyzed the formation of UC Santa Barbara’s Environmental Studies Program (UCSB Environmental Studies n.d.) and proved to be a major

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Environmental Configurations

When the River Zayandeh Rud Stopped Crossing Isfahan

Sahar Faeghi and Sophie Roche

. and H. Sajjadzadeh ( 2014 ), ‘ Tāzhyre khushksāly Zāyand'eh rūd t'aāmolat ’ejtemaei va fa'āhāye jamei dar ’iṣfahān ’ [Impact of Zayandeh Rud drought on social interactions and populated spaces in Isfahan city], Journal of Environmental Studies

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Eugene N. Anderson, Jodie Asselin, Jessica diCarlo, Ritwick Ghosh, Michelle Hak Hepburn, Allison Koch, and Lindsay Vogt

for informants and Chinese colleagues. The book will appeal to scholars from an array of disciplines including China studies, anthropology, public health, geography, and environmental studies. Both captivating and accessible, it would be an exceptional

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Jennifer Dodge, Richard Holtzman, Merlijn van Hulst, and Dvora Yanow

wide range of disciplines, drawing largely from public policy studies, but also from public administration, organisational studies, political science, anthropology, environmental studies, food and health policy and science and technology studies