It's the end of June, almost. It's been an intense month of writing.
Pope Francis's encyclical about climate change (May 24, 2015) has been provoking lots of fascinating responses on all sides. One of the most interesting parts of the encyclical itself has to do with how it juxtaposes/problematizes the notion of "humanity" as a whole (i.e. "we" as "anthropoi") and the notion of "different humans" (i.e. how "we" are not all the same, because of history, gender, etc.), something I've unpacked more in one chapter of the Humanist Anthropocene.
The Guardian discusses the televised interview of Barack Obama and Sir David Attenborough: "it is Attenborough, on the day in which he marked his 89th birthday, who poses the most probing questions of their encounter, asking the president why he cannot show a commitment to tackling climate change in the same way previous presidents had strived to put people on the moon."
The World Policy Institute's Summer 2015 journal is dedicated to "Climate's Cliff," i.e. how close we are to "falling off."
Watched again Donna Haraway on the "Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: Staying with the Trouble" in May 2014. A call for thinking—“Think We Must!” (Virginia Woolf)—that begins with the point that Arendt said Eichmann was incapable of a certain kind of thought, i.e she spoke about him of his “incapacity to think the ‘worlding’ in which one is engaged.” How to do such thinking today? Haraway’s three tools: the Anthropocene (i.e. humans burn fossils), the Capitalocene (i.e. trade is responsible), and the Chthulucene (endosymbiotic theory, the chthonic, the tentacular). Still pondering this last one.
Project THE HUMANIST anthropocene
is a thought archive and workspace of Phillip John Usher (NYU) at the crossroads of early modern humanism and the problems and insights of the Anthropocene. Main Research Page.
ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment)
Environmental Humanities (journal)
Resilience (A Journal of the Environmental Humanities)
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