Arts of Living on A Damaged Planet

Arts of Living on A Damaged Planet

Ghosts of the Anthropocene

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Living on a damaged planet challenges who we are and where we live. This timely anthology calls on twenty eminent humanists and scientists to revitalize curiosity, observation, and transdisciplinary conversation about life on earth.

As human-induced environmental change threatens multispecies livability, Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet puts forward a bold proposal: entangled histories, situated narratives, and thick descriptions offer urgent “arts of living.” Included are essays by scholars in anthropology, ecology, science studies, art, literature, and bioinformatics who posit critical and creative tools for collaborative survival in a more-than-human Anthropocene. The essays are organized around two key figures that also serve as the publication’s two openings: Ghosts, or landscapes haunted by the violences of modernity; and Monsters, or interspecies and intraspecies sociality. Ghosts and Monsters are tentacular, windy, and arboreal arts that invite readers to encounter ants, lichen, rocks, electrons, flying foxes, salmon, chestnut trees, mud volcanoes, border zones, graves, radioactive waste—in short, the wonders and terrors of an unintended epoch.

Contributors: Karen Barad, U of California, Santa Cruz; Kate Brown, U of Maryland, Baltimore; Carla Freccero, U of California, Santa Cruz; Peter Funch, Aarhus U; Scott F. Gilbert, Swarthmore College; Deborah M. Gordon, Stanford U; Donna J. Haraway, U of California, Santa Cruz; Andreas Hejnol, U of Bergen, Norway; Ursula K. Le Guin; Marianne Elisabeth Lien, U of Oslo; Andrew Mathews, U of California, Santa Cruz; Margaret McFall-Ngai, U of Hawaii, Manoa; Ingrid M. Parker, U of California, Santa Cruz; Mary Louise Pratt, NYU; Anne Pringle, U of Wisconsin, Madison; Deborah Bird Rose, U of New South Wales, Sydney; Dorion Sagan; Lesley Stern, U of California, San Diego; Jens-Christian Svenning, Aarhus U.

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Contributors from the humanities and social sciences tell stories about the environment and human activity during the Anthropocene geologic epoch. The section on ghosts discusses in the midst of damage, footprints of the dead, and what remains; the section on monsters covers inhabiting multi-species bodies, beyond individuals, and at the edge of extinction. Among the topics are Marie Curie's fingerprint: nuclear spelunking in the Chernobyl zone, future megafauna: a historical perspective on the potential for a wilder Anthropocene, establishing new worlds: the lichens of Petersham, noticing microbial worlds: the postmodern synthesis in biology, holobiont by birth: multi-lineage individuals as the concretion of cooperative processes, and synchronies at risk: the intertwined lives of horseshoe crabs and red knot birds. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Minneapolis :, University of Minnesota Press,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781517902360
Characteristics: Gix, G174, Mviii, M174 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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