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.
Anthropocene as Science Fiction and Scholarship-in-the-Making
Heather Anne Swanson, Nils Bubandt, and Anna Tsing
From the Renaissance to the Early Enlightenment
Jeffrey D. Burson
Seventeenth-Century Calvinist Theory of Scientific Method,” in Method and Order in Renaissance Philosophy of Nature , ed. Daniel A. Di Liscia, Eckhard Kessler, and Charlotte Methuen (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 1997), 369–380, here 374–375. 39 Matytsin, Specter
The Aberrant Movements and Posthumanist Mutations of Body, Identity, and Matter in Lu Yang's Uterus Man
). Then, this anarchism of aberrant movements leads the way for the constitution of a new philosophy of Nature: The problem of the anarchical powers of aberrant movements leads to a new philosophy and politics of Nature, not closed in on itself by any