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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2017) 9 (1): 108–128.
Published: 01 May 2017
... nonhuman vitalities to predictably exceed human inputs to production, but this fact has been overlooked amid an emphasis on containment and control. I propose we think about nonhuman contributions to production, including those taking place at the microbiological level, as labor . This approach confers two...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2012) 1 (1): 85–102.
Published: 01 May 2012
... poems create a confusion of subject/object and foreground/background relations in which the origins of affects are impossible to determine and harms circulate. Affect is vital in understanding human motivations in relation to climate change, and Hillman's ecopoetic practice is an example of how we can...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 255–279.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Susan Ballard Abstract At the turn of the previous century Henri Bergson suggested that sympathy offered a way to understand interspecies relationships. Samuel Butler took Bergson’s ideas to an absurd extent by mixing them with readings of Charles Darwin and claiming a vital impulse for machines...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 5 (1): 291–294.
Published: 01 May 2014
... engagement with the world, simultaneously “a vital affective state, an ethical obligation and a practical labour.” 3 Affective, ethical and practical; all of these facets matter. As an affective state, caring is an embodied phenomenon, the product of intellectual and emotional competencies: to care is...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2016) 8 (2): 235–239.
Published: 01 November 2016
... power of rot to compost and provision. 2 Our special interest was deadwood insects—busy, vital decomposers that break down fallen trees. The stag beetle was our talisman minibeast ( fig. 1 ). Britain’s largest insect: a charismatic flagship for a neglected ark of rotten creepy-crawlies. Undermanaged...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 7 (1): 265–270.
Published: 01 May 2016
..., political economies. Encounters forge ‘contact zones,’ where people across cultures, with different histories come together into composition, interact and intertwine. 2 But encounters are also between beings of biologically different origins, equally vital to such histories and world-making...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 341–358.
Published: 01 November 2017
... generosity of spirit has even been extended to inorganic and inanimate objects. Anthropological descriptions of non-Western cultures have documented how what we in Euro-America might think of as asocial and insensate objects often have busy social lives or express vital forces. 5 But scholars in science...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2017) 9 (1): 129–148.
Published: 01 May 2017
... direct collaboration with, laboratory scientists. Bioartists endeavor to transform the ways in which audiences think about creativity, nature, and science through the integration of biotechnologies and vital materials within artworks. 6 First surfacing as a distinct genre during the 1980s in the art...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 359–377.
Published: 01 November 2017
... fixes to climate change today. 5 This article, though, tells a different story, one that considers the space cabin not as the ultimate expression of humans’ supremacy over their environment but instead as a space that foregrounds their vital reliance upon it. My focus here is on the life-support...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 7 (1): 255–258.
Published: 01 May 2016
... the clarity required to make them unbearable. 7 Just as vitally, I think, sacrifice must also be estranged, the destructions it commands rendered in the full weight of their strangeness. “For the good of the nation,” “there will be jobs”—if only this is surrendered, this precious thing...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2017) 9 (2): 456–459.
Published: 01 November 2017
... chapters 4 and 5. A similar set of logics can be applied to connectivity. 9. Various writings about/with Indigenous philosophies have particularly helped shape this response to dualistic thinking through foregrounding vital, embodied, and emplaced connectivities; see especially: Rose, Reports from a Wild...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2015) 6 (1): 131–157.
Published: 01 May 2015
... water flows south to a pond, symbolizing an ocean or lake.” This garden is special for its rock animals—crane- and tortoise-shaped rock sculptures, which, the interpretive display narrative tells us, “are said to ensure ageless vitality” (see Figure 4 ). This sense of vitality is echoed at Merritt Park...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2016) 8 (2): 251–255.
Published: 01 November 2016
... the most vital arguments, as if it were still present in history. What? Has the pope written a new Communist Party Manifesto ? Some are scandalized, others rejoice. Everyone is surprised. We must shut this down immediately! The Vatican belongs to the past; it cannot be in the present. And yet if the...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2016) 8 (1): 77–94.
Published: 01 May 2016
... attack by people, beaten to death on the beach. Hauling out of the water is a vital part of monk seal life: it is required for mating and birthing and provides opportunities to rest, avoid predators, and feed young pups. Some beaches are glorious multispecies havens, with seals and humans flopped out and...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2018) 10 (1): 1–19.
Published: 01 May 2018
..., prominent within the visual field of the panning camera, are nonetheless markers of stasis, stagnation, and loss, of human life dwindling in vitality. Watching the animation unfold to its discordant sound track, the viewer is held in this state of affective unease, a liminal intensity that neither restrains...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2013) 3 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 May 2013
.... Ringing and telemetry can provide vital information on migration routes, movement patterns and survival factors—but for the birds to be ringed, or fitted with telemetric rucksacks, they must first be captured. With the Fennoscandian Lessers, such captures are usually made in Valdak, an Arctic wetland near...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 5 (1): 149–153.
Published: 01 May 2014
... supplementing the scientific discussion of the Anthropocene, enriching and empowering it by tying it to cultural interpretations of who we are as human beings. Thinking culture along with the Anthropocene opens a route for vital discussions about the essence, disciplinary constellation, and methodological...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2014) 5 (1): 307–311.
Published: 01 May 2014
... rhythmanalysis of the Environmental Humanities look like? What pitch and tonal colours might we elect from or add to our memories? Surprisingly we might go back to an idea of total history. Much of this essay has drawn from the analysis of Elspeth Probyn, and it is vital to turn to her research with the idea of...
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Environmental Humanities (1 November 2018) 10 (2): 421–446.
Published: 01 November 2018
... makers alike ultimately live off the same seed. Following the lead of Rajan’s seminal edited volume, Lively Capital , I seek to open new modes of inquiry into the entanglements of life and capital by exploring how seed vitality materializes within the contested affective economy of the palm oil sector...
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Environmental Humanities (1 May 2015) 6 (1): 103–130.
Published: 01 May 2015
..., recruiting and disciplining workers, and selling the California dream were vital system-building activities for companies like Pacific Light & Power, which began the Big Creek project, and Southern California Edison, which has maintained and expanded it since 1917. It was this sociotechnical system in...