Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene Experimental Futures

Duke University Press Books - Theoretically and methodologically driven by the signifier SF—string figures, science fact, speculative fabulation, science fiction, speculative feminism, so far—Staying with the Trouble further cements Haraway's reputation as one of the most daring and original thinkers of our time. In the midst of spiraling ecological devastation, multispecies feminist theorist Donna J.

The chthulucene, requires sym-poiesis, Haraway explains, or making-with, rather than auto-poiesis, or self-making. Learning to stay with the trouble of living and dying together on a damaged earth will prove more conducive to the kind of thinking that would provide the means to building more livable futures.

Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene Experimental Futures - Combined Academic Publishers. She eschews referring to our current epoch as the Anthropocene, preferring to conceptualize it as what she calls the Chthulucene, as it more aptly and fully describes our epoch as one in which the human and nonhuman are inextricably linked in tentacular practices. Haraway offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants.

The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins

Princeton University Press - These companions also lead us into fungal ecologies and forest histories to better understand the promise of cohabitation in a time of massive human destruction. By investigating one of the world's most sought-after fungi, The Mushroom at the End of the World presents an original examination into the relation between capitalist destruction and collaborative survival within multispecies landscapes, the prerequisite for continuing life on earth.

Matsutake is the most valuable mushroom in the world--and a weed that grows in human-disturbed forests across the northern hemisphere. It is also an edible delicacy in Japan, where it sometimes commands astronomical prices. Through its ability to nurture trees, matsutake helps forests to grow in daunting places.

The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins - . Here, yi chinese goat herders, industrial forests, Hmong jungle fighters, capitalist traders, we witness the varied and peculiar worlds of matsutake commerce: the worlds of Japanese gourmets, Finnish nature guides, and more. In all its contradictions, matsutake offers insights into areas far beyond just mushrooms and addresses a crucial question: what manages to live in the ruins we have made? A tale of diversity within our damaged landscapes, The Mushroom at the End of the World follows one of the strangest commodity chains of our times to explore the unexpected corners of capitalism.

Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene

Univ Of Minnesota Press - Gilbert, swarthmore College; Deborah M. Parker, u of california, san diego; jens-christian svenning, sydney; dorion sagan; lesley stern, Santa Cruz; Mary Louise Pratt, NYU; Anne Pringle, U of New South Wales, U of California, Madison; Deborah Bird Rose, U of Wisconsin, Aarhus U. Le guin; marianne elisabeth lien, u of hawaii, u of california, Santa Cruz; Margaret McFall-Ngai, U of Oslo; Andrew Mathews, Manoa; Ingrid M.

This timely anthology calls on twenty eminent humanists and scientists to revitalize curiosity, observation, and transdisciplinary conversation about life on earth. As human-induced environmental change threatens multispecies livability, Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet puts forward a bold proposal: entangled histories, situated narratives, and thick descriptions offer urgent “arts of living.

Included are essays by scholars in anthropology, ecology, science studies, literature, art, and bioinformatics who posit critical and creative tools for collaborative survival in a more-than-human Anthropocene. Living on a damaged planet challenges who we are and where we live. The essays are organized around two key figures that also serve as the publication’s two openings: Ghosts, or landscapes haunted by the violences of modernity; and Monsters, or interspecies and intraspecies sociality.

Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene - Ghosts and monsters are tentacular, lichen, radioactive waste—in short, and arboreal arts that invite readers to encounter ants, rocks, graves, mud volcanoes, chestnut trees, electrons, border zones, salmon, windy, flying foxes, the wonders and terrors of an unintended epoch. Contributors: karen barad, santa cruz; kate brown, santa cruz; Peter Funch, U of California, U of California, Baltimore; Carla Freccero, U of Maryland, Aarhus U; Scott F.

Haraway, santa cruz; andreas hejnol, U of Bergen, U of California, Norway; Ursula K.

Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things a John Hope Franklin Center Book

Duke University Press Books - Duke University Press. She reflects on the vital power of material formations such as landfills, and omega-3 fatty acids, which generate lively streams of chemicals, which can transform brain chemistry and mood. Bennett argues that political theory needs to do a better job of recognizing the active participation of nonhuman forces in events.

Bennett explores how political analyses of public events might change were we to acknowledge that agency always emerges as the effect of ad hoc configurations of human and nonhuman forces. Bennett concludes by sketching the contours of a “green materialist” ecophilosophy. Along the way, including attempts by kant, thoreau, bergson, and deleuze, disclosing a long history of thinking about vibrant matter in Western philosophy, Nietzsche, Adorno, Darwin, she engages with the concepts and claims of Spinoza, and the embryologist Hans Driesch to name the “vital force” inherent in material forms.

Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things a John Hope Franklin Center Book - In vibrant matter the political theorist Jane Bennett, renowned for her work on nature, and affect, ethics, shifts her focus from the human experience of things to things themselves. She suggests that recognizing that agency is distributed this way, and is not solely the province of humans, might spur the cultivation of a more responsible, ecologically sound politics: a politics less devoted to blaming and condemning individuals than to discerning the web of forces affecting situations and events.

Bennett examines the political and theoretical implications of vital materialism through extended discussions of commonplace things and physical phenomena including stem cells, metal, electricity, fish oils, and trash. Toward that end, she theorizes a “vital materiality” that runs through and across bodies, both human and nonhuman.

How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human

University of California Press - Whether or not we recognize it, our anthropological tools hinge on those capacities that make us distinctly human. Can forests think? do dogs dream? in this astonishing book, Eduardo Kohn challenges the very foundations of anthropology, calling into question our central assumptions about what it means to be human―and thus distinct from all other life forms.

Duke University Press. In this groundbreaking work, kohn takes anthropology in a new and exciting direction–one that offers a more capacious way to think about the world we share with other kinds of beings. Based on four years of fieldwork among the runa of ecuador’s Upper Amazon, Eduardo Kohn draws on his rich ethnography to explore how Amazonians interact with the many creatures that inhabit one of the world’s most complex ecosystems.

How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human - However, when we turn our ethnographic attention to how we relate to other kinds of beings, these tools which have the effect of divorcing us from the rest of the world break down. How forests Think seizes on this breakdown as an opportunity. Avoiding reductionistic solutions, and without losing sight of how our lives and those of others are caught up in the moral webs we humans spin, this book skillfully fashions new kinds of conceptual tools from the strange and unexpected properties of the living world itself.

Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime

Polity - Bringing us down to earth is the task of politics today. Hence their flight offshore and their massive investment in climate change denial. The left has been slow to turn its attention to this new situation. Duke University Press. It is still organized along an axis that goes from investment in local values to the hope of globalization and just at the time when, everywhere, people dissatisfied with the ideal of modernity are turning back to the protection of national or even ethnic borders.

This is why it is urgent to shift sideways and to define politics as what leads toward the Earth and not toward the global or the national. Belonging to a territory is the phenomenon most in need of rethinking and careful redescription; learning new ways to inhabit the Earth is our biggest challenge. This could explain the deadly cocktail of exploding inequalities, massive deregulation, and conversion of the dream of globalization into a nightmare for most people.

Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime - What holds these three phenomena together is the conviction, shared by some powerful people, that the ecological threat is real and that the only way for them to survive is to abandon any pretense at sharing a common future with the rest of the world. The present ecological mutation has organized the whole political landscape for the last thirty years.

Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World Posthumanities

Univ Of Minnesota Press - Such objects put unbearable strains on our normal ways of reasoning. Moving fluidly between philosophy, literature, and popular culture, the book argues that hyperobjects show that the end of the world has already occurred in the sense that concepts such as world, visual and conceptual art, nature, science, and even environment are no longer a meaningful horizon against which human events take place.

University of Minnesota Press. In this book, morton explains what hyperobjects are and their impact on how we think, ethics, and how we experience our politics, how we coexist with one another and with nonhumans, and art. Instead of inhabiting a world, we find ourselves inside a number of hyperobjects, evolution, nuclear weapons, such as climate, or relativity.

Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World Posthumanities - Having set global warming in irreversible motion, we are facing the possibility of ecological catastrophe. Insisting that we have to reinvent how we think to even begin to comprehend the world we now live in, Hyperobjects takes the first steps, outlining a genuinely postmodern ecological approach to thought and action.

Global warming is perhaps the most dramatic example of what Timothy Morton calls “hyperobjects”—entities of such vast temporal and spatial dimensions that they defeat traditional ideas about what a thing is in the first place. But the environmental emergency is also a crisis for our philosophical habits of thought, confronting us with a problem that seems to defy not only our control but also our understanding.

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Manifestly Haraway Posthumanities

Univ Of Minnesota Press - Reading cyborgs and companion species through and with each other, secular Catholicism, Marxism, literary tropes, human–nonhuman relationships, material semiotics, making kin, the negative way of knowing, feminism, Haraway and Wolfe join in a wide-ranging exchange on the history and meaning of the manifestos in the context of biopolitics, and more.

The conversation ends by revealing the early stages of Haraway’s “Chthulucene Manifesto, ” in tension with the teleologies of the doleful Anthropocene and the exterminationist Capitalocene. The subsequent “companion species manifesto, ” which further questions the human–nonhuman disjunction, is no less urgently needed in our time of environmental crisis and profound polarization.

Manifestly Haraway Posthumanities - Manifestly haraway brings together these momentous manifestos to expose the continuity and ramifying force of Haraway’s thought, whose significance emerges with engaging immediacy in a sustained conversation between the author and her long-term friend and colleague Cary Wolfe. Electrifying, ethnicity, provocative, and controversial when first published thirty years ago, sexuality, class, Donna Haraway’s “Cyborg Manifesto” is even more relevant today, race, when the divisions that she so eloquently challenges—of human and machine but also of gender, and location—are increasingly complex.

Deeply dedicated to a diverse and robust earthly flourishing, Manifestly Haraway promises to reignite needed discussion in and out of the academy about biologies, histories, technologies, and still possible futures. University of Minnesota Press. Duke University Press.

Object-Oriented Ontology: A New Theory of Everything

Penguin UK - Duke University Press. We humans tend to believe that things are only real in as much as we perceive them, an idea reinforced by modern philosophy, which privileges us as special, radically different in kind from all other objects. In this brilliant new introduction, taking in art and literature, ideas, and impact, Graham Harman lays out OOO's history, politics and natural science along the way.

From sherlock holmes, and videogames to Dadaism, unicorns, Voltaire, and string theory, this book will change the way you understand everything. University of Minnesota Press. But as graham harman, he states, shows, object-oriented Ontology OOO rejects the idea of human specialness: the world, one of the theory's leading exponents, is clearly not the world as manifest to humans.

Object-Oriented Ontology: A New Theory of Everything - To think a reality beyond our thinking is not nonsense, but obligatory. At ooo's heart is the idea that objects—whether real, natural, fictional, human, artificial, or non-human—are mutually autonomous. This core idea has significance for nearly every field of inquiry which is concerned in some way with the systematic interaction of objects, and the degree to which individual objects resist full participation in such systems.

Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime

Polity - Duke University Press. The fact that he was immediately misunderstood proves simply that his readers have tried to fit this new notion into an older frame, a kind of giant thermostat, transforming Gaia into a single organism, some sort of New Age goddess, or even divine Providence. The emergence of modern sciences in the seventeenth century profoundly renewed our understanding of nature.

. The situation is even more unstable today, now that we have entered an ecological mutation of unprecedented scale. In this series of lectures on 'natural religion, theological, an ideal way to disentangle the ethical, on the contrary, ' Bruno Latour argues that the complex and ambiguous figure of Gaia offers, political, and scientific aspects of the now obsolete notion of nature.

Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime - Some call it the Anthropocene, but it is best described as a new climatic regime. For the last three centuries new ideas of nature have been continually developed by theology, and science, politics, economics, especially the sciences of the material world. He lays the groundwork for a future collaboration among scientists, theologians, activists, and we, and artists as they, begin to adjust to the new climatic regime.

Polity Press. University of Minnesota Press. And a new regime it certainly is, since the many unexpected connections between human activity and the natural world oblige every one of us to reopen the earlier notions of nature and redistribute what had been packed inside. So the question now arises: what will replace the old ways of looking at nature? This book explores a potential candidate proposed by James Lovelock when he chose the name 'Gaia' for the fragile, complex system through which living phenomena modify the Earth.

Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

Harvard University Press - Polity Press. Duke University Press. University of Minnesota Press. By approaching environmental justice literature from this transnational perspective, he exposes the limitations of the national and local frames that dominate environmental writing. Slow violence, exacerbates the vulnerability of ecosystems and of people who are poor, disempowered, and often involuntarily displaced, because it is so readily ignored by a hard-charging capitalism, while fueling social conflicts that arise from desperation as life-sustaining conditions erode.

In a book of extraordinary scope, Nixon examines a cluster of writer-activists affiliated with the environmentalism of the poor in the global South. And by skillfully illuminating the strategies these writer-activists deploy to give dramatic visibility to environmental emergencies, Nixon invites his readers to engage with some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor - Slow violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. The violence wrought by climate change, deforestation, toxic drift, oil spills, and the environmental aftermath of war takes place gradually and often invisibly. Using the innovative concept of "slow violence" to describe these threats, in contrast with the sensational, Rob Nixon focuses on the inattention we have paid to the attritional lethality of many environmental crises, spectacle-driven messaging that impels public activism today.