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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 273–294.
Published: 01 May 2018
... Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). time volcanism geology speculative theory catastrophe evolution Anthropocene planetary futures Rather than conceiving of time as a continuous flow sutured or punctuated by events, we might think of events as generative of time. What happens...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 8 (1): 37–56.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Eben Kirksey; Dehlia Hannah; Charlie Lotterman; Lisa Jean Moore Abstract There is an appreciable distance between the biochemistry of being pregnant and the experience of recognizing oneself as pregnant—a speculative gap that technology can serve to narrow or widen depending on how one chooses to...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 341–358.
Published: 01 November 2017
..., they are a form of very uncomfortable speculation. It is important to remember that, for most of the twentieth century, cosmology was a barely reputable branch of astronomy. Cosmologists could not perform experiments and had very little data to work with. Theories were often dismissed as groundless...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2019) 11 (1): 194–215.
Published: 01 May 2019
... studies and histories of industrial hazards, the author examines how memories of toxic labor, environmental transformation, and workers’ resistance have been reactivated in the ongoing project of reclaiming the Ex-SNIA and keeping it off-limits from urban speculation. Drawing on archival research...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 187–212.
Published: 01 May 2018
... there. We connect our irritations and speculations with the Anthropocene precisely as a way of summoning the multiple violences, many of them of planetary reach, that have to be denounced when situating our knowledge practices in Puchuncaví. Thinking about the ethico-political challenges of research in...
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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 November 2016) 8 (2): 196–214.
Published: 01 November 2016
... burgeoning engagements among media studies, sound studies, and marine spatial theory. We focus on the Cold War period, when new interests in submarine warfare facilitated the growth of naval interests in cetology. We understand the dynamic outcomes of these interests in terms of acoustemology—Steven Feld’s...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 63–85.
Published: 01 May 2018
... challenge of bringing nonhumans into political theory as entities deserving concern. She uses the term speculative to signal an experimental reframing that enables the conditions for an ontological reorientation in our practices of environmental concern . For Stengers, life forms are always in the...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2017) 9 (1): 84–107.
Published: 01 May 2017
..., and human-language phrases. While biosemiotic theory offers a provocative starting point for understanding these communications, sanctuary interactions destabilize certain semiotic distinctions, drawing attention to ambiguities between semantic and nonsemantic vocalization, vocalization and body...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 4 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 May 2014
... astonishing similes of the natural world, as an example of a poetics of haunted time. Drawing on James Hatley's theory of ethical time and its ecocritical application by Deborah Bird Rose, I argue that Oswald's strategy of repeating similes creates a kind of spectral echo, giving expression to an enfolding of...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 4 (1): 41–67.
Published: 01 May 2014
... theory of “shadow” or “denied” places (Plumwood, 2008), the author introduces Within Our Reach: A Symphony of the Port River Soundscapes by anti-elitist South Australian composer Chester Schultz ( b. 1945). Inspired by the tradition of R. Murray Schafer's performances for outdoor sites, Schultz...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 300–308.
Published: 01 November 2017
... together with ophthalmology, they pucker common sense about which sciences go with which. Moving from eye to brain, consider the speculations of unconventional physical cosmologists who hold that, in a vastly expanded future universe dominated by dark matter and dark energy, “it is perfectly possible that...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2016) 8 (2): 215–234.
Published: 01 November 2016
... the environmental humanities of a new geologic paradigm, especially with regard to evolutionary theory and the relationship of life to matter. What significance should be attached to the claim that life and minerals coevolved? What is the relationship of change on Earth to cosmic change? These...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 398–417.
Published: 01 November 2017
... as the Atacama Desert. The microbiology of extreme environments has triggered a new stage in biological research where the study of extreme environments, emerging no-analog environments, and the theorization and speculation of hypothetical types of biochemistry on other worlds have brought together...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 7 (1): 133–150.
Published: 01 May 2016
...,” Theory Culture Society 23 (2006): 145. 26 Donna Haraway, “Speculative Fabulations for Technoculture's Generations: Taking Care of Unexpected Country,” Australian Humanities Review, 50 (2011). 27 Dipesh Chakrabarty, “Climate of History: Four Theses,” Critical Inquiry 35 (2009): 197...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2013) 3 (1): 149–155.
Published: 01 May 2013
... the Presocratics were far more in line with the concerns of contemporary environmental humanities than with the research programmes of contemporary natural science. Instead, I want to take a moment to put forward some rather speculative, anachronistic, but hopefully provocative thoughts inspired by...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 241–256.
Published: 01 May 2018
..., from advertising to assemblage theory. And just as the notion of disenchantment involves both a subjective state marked by disappointment and meaninglessness and “the impersonal historical condition of the flight of the gods,” for Bennett enchantment occurs both as affect and as a condition of what she...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2015) 6 (1): 159–165.
Published: 01 May 2015
..., Tangaroa, Medusa, Spider Woman, and all their kin are some of the many thousand names proper to a vein of SF that Lovecraft could not have imagined or embraced—namely, the webs of speculative fabulation, speculative feminism, science fiction, and scientific fact. 8 It matters which stories tell stories...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 129–149.
Published: 01 May 2018
... partial connections.” 12 Where deep ecologists adhere to a cognitivist theory of experience and figure receptivity to entanglements with nonhuman others as a process of “recognition” and “identification,” I ascribe to an “immanent naturalist” theory of experience and imagine receptivity to...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 7 (1): 59–88.
Published: 01 May 2016
.... Ecology has its grand theories, but they are riddled with conditional clauses, caveats and exceptions ... It is doubtful that the generalities that underlie the complex patterns of nature will ever be phrased succinctly enough to fit on a T-shirt. ∼ Editorial, Nature. 2 From its inception at...