What transgressions and transformations does cross-species imagination demand, amid the violence of extinctions? In a thoroughly surveilled and disciplined “environment” that disowns ecological processes, where can fugitives (including antiassimilationist queers and endangered beavers) find a foothold to invoke these imaginaries? The newly named Anthropocene gathers a swarm of diversely cohering recognitions: as an era of extinction, grief, and shocking change; as a platform for unprecedented ecological interventions figured as necessary for various strands of human survival; as occasion for a totalized human self-recognition positing (global) humankind scientifically exiled from a (fantasy) nature that high technology renders unlocatable. The authors here coax and aggravate anxieties we see underlying the figure of the Anthropocene engineer, an upright Euro-American hero. Inviting conversation that turns away from flattening and globalizing aspects of dominant Anthropocene discourse, we add our voices to recent feminist science and technology studies queries and work to learn from the ongoing decolonizing praxis of Native American and indigenous thinkers.

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