Up or down with the ecology cycle?
Strategies for temporally rational
Political terms and ecological cycles
Next budget and next election; dominant time spans in politics
From the early nineteenth century onwards, the dominant political view of time was one of continuous ‘progress’ with the state
at the centre of change (Ekengren 1998:30). This linear conception of time is, however, just one possible view. Political time can
also be seen as (series of) distinct events or as connected points
T.K. Ralebitso-Senior, T.J.U. Thompson, and H.E. Carney
In the mid-1990s, the crime scene toolkit was revolutionised by the introduction of
DNA-based analyses such as the polymerase chain reaction, low copy number DNA analysis,
short-tandem repeat typing, pulse-field gel electrophoresis and variable number tandem
repeat. Since then, methodological advances in other disciplines, especially molecular
microbial ecology, can now be adapted for cutting-edge applications in forensic contexts.
Despite several studies and discussions, there is, however, currently very little evidence
of these techniques adoption at the contemporary crime scene. Consequently, this article
discusses some of the popular omics and their current and potential exploitations in the
forensic ecogenomics of body decomposition in a crime scene. Thus, together with published
supportive findings and discourse, knowledge gaps are identified. These then justify the
need for more comprehensive, directed, concerted and global research towards
state-of-the-art microecophysiology method application and/or adaptation for subsequent
successful exploitations in this additional context of microbial forensics.
communications in the future. But we know that, in our new information ecology, trust is more
vital than ever before. We must support media institutions and citizens as they seek out
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‘ Media Perspectives: A Means to an End? Creating a Market for
Humanitarian News from Africa
of selfhood and right to participate in this world. Moreover, violence is absolutely integral to the markings of subjectivity, setting apart claims about identity, along with notions of civility and barbarism. Violence is always mediated through expressed dichotomies between acceptable and unacceptable behaviours, between the right to punish and the intolerable transgression, between the force of normative law and the terror of the minority. In fact, there is an entire political ecology at work in the very diagnosis of something as political violence in itself
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Imagining Alternative Humanitarian Action
An ecocritical examination of the birds of Bergman
Linda Haverty Rugg
expression in Timothy Morton’s 2007 book, Ecology without
Nature , where he describes a
‘poetics of ambience’ that is the distinguishing feature
of what he calls ‘ecomimesis’. To put it simply,
ecomimesis is a representational practice in literature and art which
attempts to recreate the experience of nature, as when Wordsworth writes
about daffodils or a film incorporates images, light, and sound to give
the impression of a particular place or time in nature. Ecomimesis,
writes Morton, ‘involves a poetics of
inject another voice – of non-human or more-than-human material ecologies – further expanding Fisher and Tronto’s world care through contemporary post-human and new materialist thinking to explore the potential for affective care in material labours of repair. Emboldened by a post-human new materialist understanding of agency, we suggest that this is not just a species activity, but a labour co-performed by a caring ecology of ontologically diverse agents ( Figure 6.1 ).
Figure 6.1 A woman-machine named Desiré, alert, poised, ready to start
In this chapter
green space. At the time of writing only 37 hectares of orchard remain,
and the Ministry of Ecology protects just over eight of those. Many of
the remaining walls (17 kilometres of the original 600) are in disrepair.
Nevertheless, the fruit persists.
Granted use of 800 square metres within the Murs à pêches (including the building formerly occupied by the auto garage), Fer à Coudre
co-founders Charnay, Dubus, and Sophie Belotte were impressed by
the resilience of the area’s plant life. They decided, in Dubus’s words, to
‘recount, via the realisation of iron
The paradoxes of sustainability and Michel Houellebecq’s The
Possibility of an Island
for individual health, spiritual wellbeing and a ‘more natural
lifestyle’ (Emerich 2011: 137). Looking at LOHAS advertising and trade
magazines, one begins to suspect that the true office of sustainability may
have been to make deep ecology safe for consumer capitalism.
While these two versions of sustainability are in many ways quite
distinct, both indicate just how deeply the concept has become ingrained
in the political, economic and social status quo. They highlight how talk
of sustainability has become a way of expressing our desire to change
things so as to