This article takes its cue from Timothy Morton’s invitation to think all things in terms of radioactivity. Instead of focusing on objects, however, the author explores radiation in the imagination of animal desire in the nuclear dystopia. Her working hypothesis is that the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone—now an ecological reserve—is paradigmatic or symptomatic, a theater for the complicated libidinal architecture of the kinds of postapocalyptic sites that may in coming years become the primary places for charismatic megafauna to live, and in which conservation becomes the management not just of bodies, populations, or sexual practices but of desire itself.
Ecology after Dark: Chernobyl’s Wild Horses and the Traffic in Desire
Margret Grebowicz is associate professor at University of Silesia in Poland and a visiting scholar at the Center for Philosophical Technologies at Arizona State University. She is the author of Whale Song (2017), and her new book Mountains and Desire: Climbing vs. the End of the World is forthcoming in 2021.
Margret Grebowicz; Ecology after Dark: Chernobyl’s Wild Horses and the Traffic in Desire. the minnesota review 1 May 2021; 2021 (96): 56–68. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00265667-8851520
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