Stefan Helmreich – The water next time: changing wavescapes in the Anthropocene

Stefan always has an interesting and thoughtful take, if you’ve not checked out his book Alien Ocean, highly recommended.


Where to start with reading Peter Sloterdijk?

A great introductory roadmap to Sloterdijk

Progressive Geographies

sloterdijkWhere should you start with reading Peter Sloterdijk? I have previously done this with Henri Lefebvre, and Chathan Vemuri asked me the same question for Sloterdijk. This is my attempt at answering this, largely in relation to works already in translation – comments or additions welcome.

What is interesting is that in quite a short period of time, Sloterdijk has gone from very little being translated to almost everything either in print or under contract. Yet he can be a frustrating read, especially in his short works, and it is not always clear how books work in relation to each other.

image_miniHis two first works (aside from a book he seems to have largely disowned) were Critique of Cynical Reason and Thinker on Stage: Nietzsche’s Materialism. Both were translated into English fairly quickly, but then none of his books were translated for almost two decades, even though he was publishing…

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The architecture of public truth

From the HKW Anthropocene Project

Interview with David Harvey on the contradictions of capitalism

Jennifer Walsh: the individualization of war

Paul Robbins on Ecological anxiety disorder: diagnosing the politics of the Anthropocene

Review of the new book on Margaret Mead

9780300187854Somehow I missed the announcement that Peter Mandler’s new book on Margaret Mead is out with Yale U. Press.

Looking forward to reading it, particularly after reading this interesting review in the London Review of Books.

Here is the publisher’s description:

“Celebrated anthropologist Margaret Mead, who studied sex in Samoa and child-rearing in New Guinea in the 1920s and ’30s, was determined to show that anthropology could tackle the psychology of the most complex, modern societies in ways useful for waging the Second World War. This fascinating book follows Mead and her closest collaborators—her lover and mentor Ruth Benedict, her third husband Gregory Bateson, and her prospective fourth husband Geoffrey Gorer—through their triumphant climax, when Mead became the cultural ambassador from America to Britain in 1943, to their downfall in the Cold War.

Part intellectual biography, part cultural history, and part history of the human sciences, Peter Mandler’s book is a reminder that the Second World War and the Cold War were a clash of cultures, not just ideologies, and asks how far intellectuals should involve themselves in politics, at a time when Mead’s example is cited for and against experts’ involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

On the grounds for recognition of cultural difference: Jeremy Webber

The audio is not the best…

James C. Scott on Food sovereignty: a critical dialogue

Between metaphors and measurement

Laura Jane Martin has a nice piece over at Scientific Americandiscussing how the metaphor of the “ecological footprint” compares to others, say, of the “ecological handprint.” I always enjoy thinking about the sorts of issues that arise when we measure things. The ecological footprint is, of course, the metaphor for conveying a particular way of accounting in ecological terms the throughput required for certain lifestyles and, at that, one recently critiqued as I mentioned previously here.

David Grinspoon reminded us (over twitter) yesterday that he spoke to similar issues in his Sagan lecture at about 36:00.