Sustaining literature
Claire Colebrook

6 The twilight of the Anthropocene: sustaining literature Claire Colebrook Over the last decade the claims made for the importance of literary understanding, environmental humanities and imaginative reflection have received a (perhaps tragic) reinforcement from the inverse relation between the threats facing humans and other species, and the capacity for action. It is almost as if the prospect of calamity and unprecedented change is so intense that the practical, rational and imaginative resources we have for thinking about the future are simply and woefully

in Literature and sustainability
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Four Decisive Challenges Confronting Humanitarian Innovation
Gerard Finnigan and Otto Farkas

) . Steffen , W. , Rockström , J. , Richardson , K. et al . ( 2018 ), ‘ Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene ’, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , 115 : 33 , 8252 – 9 , doi: 10.1073/pnas.1810141115 . Stoddard , A

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Governing Precarity through Adaptive Design
Mark Duffield

World without Causation: Big Data and the Coming of the Age of Posthumanism ’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies , 43 : 3 , 833 – 51 . Chandler , D. ( 2018 ), Ontopolitics in the Anthropocene: An Introduction to Mapping, Sensing and Hacking ( London : Routledge ). Chouliaraki , L. ( 2013 ), The Ironic Spectator: Solidarity in the Age of Post-Humanitarianism ( Cambridge and Malden, MA : Polity Press ). Cooper , M. ( 2011 ), ‘ Complexity Theory after the Financial Crisis: The

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Assembling an ecocritical art history
Author: Andrew Patrizio

The ecological eye aims to align the discipline of art history with ecology, climate change, the Anthropocene and the range of politics and theoretical positions that will help to ground such an approach. It looks both backwards and forwards in order to promote the capacities of close attention, vital materialism, nonhierarchy, care and political ecology. The book seeks to place the history of art alongside its ecocritical colleagues in other humanities disciplines. Three main directions are discussed: the diverse histories of art history itself, for evidence of exemplary work already available; the politics of social ecology, Marxist ecologies and anarchy, showing its largely untapped relevance for work in art history and visual culture; and finally, emerging work in posthumanism and new materialism, that challenges unhelpful hierarchies across the human, animal, botanical and geological spheres. The ecological eye concludes with an appeal to the discipline to respond positively to the environmental justice movement.

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Frugality, de-growth and Voluntary Simplicity
Alison Hulme

pressing in the current day. In many ways the ecological imperative has enabled a discourse around frugality that is less ‘moral’ in a limited Marxist way than it used to be, and more ‘ethical’ in terms of finding ways to live differently for quite practical reasons. Most recently, these concerns have been crystalised in the increasingly mainstream term –​Anthropocene. The term, coined by ecologist Eugene Stoermer and atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen, describes the current geological era, positing it as a massive increase in human influence on the world during the last

in A brief history of thrift
Editors: Hannah Knox and Dawn Nafus

Data is not just the stuff of social scientific method; it is the stuff of everyday life. The presence of digital data in an ever widening range of human relationships profoundly unsettles notions of expertise for both ethnographers and data scientists alike. This collection situates digital data in broader knowledge-production practices. It asks about the kinds of social worlds that data scientists are creating as the profession coalesces, and looks at the contemporary possibilities available to both ethnographers and their participants for knowing, formatting and intervening in the world. It shows what digital data is doing to the empirical methods that sustain claims to expertise, with a particular focus on implications for ethnography.

The contributors offer empirically grounded accounts of the cultures, infrastructures and epistemologies of data production, analysis and use. They examine the professionalisation of data science in a variety of national and transnational contexts. They look closely at specific data practices like archiving of environmental data, or claims-making about how software is produced. They also offer a glimpse into the new methodological and pedagogical possibilities for teaching and doing ethnography in a data-saturated world.

Concept, text and culture

Sustainability is a notoriously fraught and slippery term, and yet one that is now well-established in mainstream usage across the contemporary world. While sustainability is widely discussed and theorised across range of disciplines, this book sets out to consider what innovations literary scholarship might bring to the sustainability debate, and indeed what sustainability as a concept might bring to literary scholarship. Putting forward a range of essays by leading and upcoming scholars, this book takes a non-prescriptive and critically reflective stance towards the problem of sustainability – a stance we describe as critical sustainability. Essays in this collection accordingly undertake a range of approaches, from applying tools of literary enquiry in order to interrogate sustainability’s paradoxes, to investigating the ways in which literature envisages sustainability or plays out its tropes. Overall, this book seeks to demonstrate how sustainability’s difficulties might open up a productive opportunity for interrogation and exploration of the kind that literary scholars and ecocritics are ideally placed to carry out.

Author: Alison Hulme

This book surveys ‘thrift’ through its moral, religious, ethical, political, spiritual and philosophical expressions, focusing in on key moments such as the early Puritans and postwar rationing, and key characters such as Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Smiles and Henry Thoreau. The relationships between thrift and frugality, mindfulness, sustainability and alternative consumption practices are explained, and connections made between myriad conceptions of thrift and contemporary concerns for how consumer cultures impact scarce resources, wealth distribution and the Anthropocene. Ultimately, the book returns the reader to an understanding of thrift as it was originally used – to ‘thrive’ – and attempts to re-cast thrift in more collective, economically egalitarian terms, reclaiming it as a genuinely resistant practice. Students, scholars and general readers across all disciplines and interest areas will find much of interest in this book, which provides a multi-disciplinary look at a highly topical concept.

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Andrew Patrizio

of ‘environmental’ or ‘eco’ arts. If art is unlikely to save the planet then what on earth are the chances that art history can? The wish to write The ecological eye was born from a conviction that the history of art as a discipline (or practice) might, unlikely as it may seem, have something to offer in the face of formidable planetary changes that have been bracketed under the term ‘Anthropocene’. Art history is not one thing, of course, and in its variety has the potential to play a much larger role in inspiring new sensibilities, politics and

in The ecological eye
Peter Barry and William Welstead

accelerating pace of such change.5 The conclusion that humans are making profound and quite probably irreversible changes on the environment is now inescapable, with each assessment revising forecasts about climate change towards the upper range of previous forecasts. In 2000 P.J. Crutzen and E.F. Stoermer proposed that this change should be recognised as a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene (Crutzen and Stoermer 2000: 17–18). In ‘The Anthropocene: an Epoch of Our Making’, James Syvitski summarises the accumulating evidence for the Anthropocene to be formally adopted by

in Extending ecocriticism