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Published: 01 May 2015
Figure 4. Spikes on the outer crossarms of one of the Big Creek transmission towers in the Central Valley of the kind that were first installed in 1924. The edge of a horizontal steel pan meant to catch bird excrement can be seen at the left. The smaller spikes on the crossbar above the More
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 325–340.
Published: 01 November 2017
..., outer space, Earth, and environment as astronomers stretch the concept of habitability beyond Earth and across the universe. The gesture of pointing embodies a tension, one that both pushes the analytic gaze outward while also pulling it back to Earth. This double movement frames analyses of...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 398–417.
Published: 01 November 2017
... of Antarctica and outer space, and to reflect on emerging modes of an extraterrestrial mode of thinking Earth. This article is informed by short-term ethnographic fieldwork in the Antarctic Peninsula with Chilean microbiologists engaged in the bioprospecting of extremophiles, to account for how...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 273–294.
Published: 01 May 2018
... practices of artisanal pyrotechnology. Our reading of the dynamic and violent interchange between the inner and outer Earth in these examples points to a non–self-identical planetary condition, on which the very structure of temporality emerges through a play of destruction and generativity. In this light...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 359–377.
Published: 01 November 2017
... human in outer space is always already a problem of safely delivering a threatened body through an altogether inimical environment and back again. The maintenance practices of spacecraft life-support systems, real or imagined, thus afford occasion to recover a new layer of historical relations that, in...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 378–397.
Published: 01 November 2017
... ethnographically, by using the angle of ultraviolet. Specifically, I focus on the ultraviolet spectrum to examine how astrobiologists look at celestial bodies, planetary atmospheres, the skin, and the eye. More generally, this article is a reflection on how outer space can be apprehended from a humanities...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 309–324.
Published: 01 November 2017
... Olson has underlined: “More analogue space exploration missions ‘launch’ each year than flights into outer space, representing a new extremely situated iteration of lab-based experimental goals to make humans and things survive space.” 36 To be sure, contemporary scientists and the wider public...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 300–308.
Published: 01 November 2017
... what we might mean by intelligence are demanded). 4 Shift now from outer space to our home planet, with some of Earth’s territories imagined as analogous to those on other worlds. 5 Such comparisons roll and unroll the making of a newly “de-extremed” Antarctica, rendered increasingly as a simple...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 454–455.
Published: 01 November 2017
... scientific understanding of outer space, and Anthropocenic concerns with a damaged Earth plagued by human signatures. A recurrent theme, the editors point out, is the possibility for humans to establish a viable base in outer space, a domus or casa . Mars now appears more Earth-like than perhaps ever...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 433–453.
Published: 01 November 2017
... intelligent life in outer space can be traced back to our earliest times. 1 The possible existence of extraterrestrial intelligence has stretched our imagination and our conceptions of what it is to be a thinking, self-conscious, living being. Scientific discoveries and explanations since the sixteenth...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2019) 11 (1): 152–173.
Published: 01 May 2019
... object of study, unlike optical microscopes that use light that reflects back off the outer boundary of the object of study. From these properties I begin to theorize asbestos as triggering an understanding of the porousness of the boundaries of inside and outside, crucial for thinking the embodied and...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2016) 8 (2): 172–195.
Published: 01 November 2016
... percussionists arrange their various stations), along ascending staircases (where the woodwinds, brass, and strings find a perch), and against the outer walls of Lincoln Center’s various music halls. “Each musician chooses her or his own pacing through the score,” NPR’s Anastasia Tsioulcas reports, “as long as...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 213–225.
Published: 01 May 2018
... authors interpret the exploratory drilling of geothermal wells in Iceland’s Krafla volcanic caldera as a radical, unfolding event that may present a “possible reconfiguring of the temporization of inner-outer Earth relations.” From eukaryotic reproduction to metallurgy, violence lies at the heart of a...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2019) 11 (1): 180–193.
Published: 01 May 2019
... living conditions, the dump is both outside and within. It relinquishes distinctions in physical space and the pivotal metaphysical opposition between the inner and the outer. Through its global reach, the dump swallows up and spits out what is together with the beyond of being, to which it was...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 5 (1): 171–201.
Published: 01 May 2014
... less on the particular form of the photographs—which after all were largely incidental to the Apollo missions—and more on the political, social, and ecological import of excluding the “pulsating vitality of terrestrial life” through a disembodied gaze from outer space. Yet rather than retreat to the...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2015) 6 (1): 103–130.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Figure 4. Spikes on the outer crossarms of one of the Big Creek transmission towers in the Central Valley of the kind that were first installed in 1924. The edge of a horizontal steel pan meant to catch bird excrement can be seen at the left. The smaller spikes on the crossbar above the...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2013) 3 (1): 129–147.
Published: 01 May 2013
... helm. And while history might just see the human enterprise prevail after overcoming or containing its self-imperiling effects, the course toward world domination should not (or cannot) be stopped: history will keep moving in that direction, with the human enterprise eventually journeying into outer...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 5 (1): 217–232.
Published: 01 May 2014
... that threaten not only him, but also the other (her, Earth). While the distance is obvious in the view from outer space (the Apollo astronauts have left the earth so far behind that no traces of human activity are any longer visible), it is more difficult to construct if the point of view is...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 5 (1): 35–53.
Published: 01 May 2014
... landscapes” both shape and are shaped by our sensory relations and responses to our surrounding, natural environments. The relationship between inner and outer environments in this sense is explored in the poetics of Seamus Heaney, who, in contrast to Hughes's ‘inhumanism,’ writes about the natural world...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 4 (1): 41–67.
Published: 01 May 2014
... ecosystems and individuals of many species, including humans, became apparent in Songs Further Out (1987), a dramatic cantata featuring seven solo voices and a large chamber group. Schultz conceived Vision, the final movement, at Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide, where live sheep were being exported to the...