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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2015) 6 (1): 103–130.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Etienne Benson Abstract The fact that industrial infrastructures are embedded in complex environments animated by unexpected agencies is often invisible to their users—at least those who live in rich, industrialized societies with reliable systems for distributing water, power, and other goods and...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2016) 8 (2): 215–234.
Published: 01 November 2016
... material, matter more alive. This essay suggests that the development of sentience in the Phanerozoic eon exerted an emergent, autonomous influence on the interaction of minerals and life. Conscious human agency and its effects on planetary transformation are therefore the culmination of a very long...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2012) 1 (1): 123–140.
Published: 01 May 2012
... placed affect at the very centre of contemporary narratives that call for pro-environmental beliefs and behaviours. A critical public-feelings framework is used to explore these issues and trace their passage from the private and intimate, where they risk remaining denuded of agency, and into the public...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2015) 6 (1): 131–157.
Published: 01 May 2015
... ecocriticism and from affect theory—particularly Ben Anderson's “affective atmospheres,” Sianne Ngai's “tone,” and Sara Ahmed's characterization of affect as “sticky”—and develop the notion of affective agency to describe the impacts generated by environments and objects at this national memory site. I assess...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 5 (1): 217–232.
Published: 01 May 2014
... Salgado's Genesis (2013), a monumental collection of photographs that promises a journey “to the beginnings of our planet,” confronting the viewer with the dimension of geological time into which human agency has expanded. Due to the indexicality of photography, the Genesis -project has to approach deep...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 7 (1): 133–150.
Published: 01 May 2016
... inextricably enmeshed. What comes of all this thinking is a common account of mutual multispecies vulnerabilities and of collective agencies that recasts the dominant tales of a singular Anthropocene and the conventional human-centred inheritances of a rural Australian place. Copyright: © Instone and Taylor...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2017) 9 (1): 108–128.
Published: 01 May 2017
... way we think about production. Second, it allows for the possibility of agency on the part of farmed animals that includes more than just resistance, disruption, or death. This essay concludes with an ethnographic description of the lives of broiler chickens on a hobby farm in rural Michigan, asking...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2019) 11 (1): 27–51.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Teena Gabrielson Abstract This article examines the visual politics at work in website photographs depicting environmental justice issues in the United States. Based on roughly 580 web-published photos collected from environmental justice organizations, the Environmental Protection Agency, the...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2019) 11 (1): 52–71.
Published: 01 May 2019
... spatial practices, such as marches across contested zones and ritual processions to sacred sites. Itineraries of conflict enact a semiotic and political resistance to resource grabs conducted by state agencies and powerful corporations, exemplified by the usurpation of tribal lands rich in iron ore, coal...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2019) 11 (1): 239–241.
Published: 01 May 2019
... colonialism and capitalism, scramble conventional understandings of time, agency, and ontological categorization. Sasha Litvintseva, for example, grapples with the temporality of asbestos, noting the “unfolding of the deferred yet certain effects of asbestos on the toxic body and the unpayable debt owed to it...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 7 (1): 219–225.
Published: 01 May 2016
... not natural.” It does not work for gay marriage, for organic food, for abortion, for conserving redwoods, for fighting drought, etc. “Nature” isolated from its twin sister “culture” is a phantom of Western anthropology. What we are dealing with instead are distributions of agencies with which we are...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 300–308.
Published: 01 November 2017
..., “Red Stuff”; Siddiqi, Red Rockets’ Glare ; Hopkins, “African Space Programs Aren’t Science Fiction”; Matthews, “Why Ghana Started a Space Program”; Bagla and Menon, “Reaching for the Stars”; Erickson, “China’s Space Development History”; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency; Mitchell, “Countdown to an...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2016) 8 (2): 240–244.
Published: 01 November 2016
... in order to confront the transformative agency of nonhumans and the creativity of multispecies entanglements. Reintegrating human lives within the myriad multispecies entanglements of which we are a part means that the ways in which we take stock of how we make futures with other species will be...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 338–342.
Published: 01 May 2018
... settlement, but to install also means to invest, which suggests hope and promise in this age of anthropos , the universalized human agency as an epochal geo-force. Thinking with installation as part of the emerging Anthropocene lexis problematizes such a totalizing categorization of humanity and reinstalls...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 4 (1): 19–39.
Published: 01 May 2014
... about the desires and performances of human agency that helped reconfigure this landscape, and the material conditions that shaped them. The first section examines the ideas and values surrounding the establishment of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the agency whose power plant spilled this waste...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 4 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 May 2014
... torsions of anthropogenic climate change, in which time and agency are both radically dispersed and decentred. Climate change lacks a centre or moment of origin; it unfolds erratically, in ways that are inconsistently distributed and more often discreet than spectacular (“slow violence” is Rob Nixon's term...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 5 (1): 149–153.
Published: 01 May 2014
...” hosted by the Rachel Carson Center in Munich in June 2013 and co-organized by the Transatlantic Research Network for the Environmental Humanities. 6 Panel topics ranged from “Literary Modes of the Anthropocene” to “Cultural Landscapes and Narratives,” “Non-Human Agencies,” “Medial Images,” “Proto...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2017) 9 (1): 149–166.
Published: 01 May 2017
... that are not immediately rolled into identity—or for an understanding of action that is not embroiled in intention, agency, and aim. Furthermore, in the paradigm advocated by both the Moral Ground editors and their contributors, community is predicated on resemblance; stewardship is our shared...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2017) 9 (1): 167–170.
Published: 01 May 2017
... attachment may be temporary. It might be a woman’s gift to the man she wants to become more attached to, so it has an agency through which they both pass on their way to other destinies. Comparison to other cultures can highlight the parochial nature of philosophies of being and of identity. For example...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2016) 8 (2): 291–297.
Published: 01 November 2016
... in which multiple realities and multiple more-than-human agencies are at play. 4 And now Francis, our first Latin American pope, could also be seen as introducing contentious objects and subjects to Catholicism and to global ecological politics alike, through his encyclical letter on ecology and...