J Baird Callicott: Judeo-Christianity, Zen Buddhism and environmental ethics

Sandra Postel’s Sagan lecture on freshwater and human stories

Donna Haraway: Anthropocene vs. Worldings in the Chtulucene

This video starts without an intro to Haraway’s notion of the Chtulucene, but it can be pieced together as she discusses it in relation to the Anthropocene around the 3 minute point onwards:

Elizabeth Povinelli on geontologies and biopower

Land’s End: Tania Murray Li on Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier

Tania Li’s new book from Duke University Press and a short video to accompany it:


Drawing on two decades of ethnographic research in Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tania Murray Li offers an intimate account of the emergence of capitalist relations among indigenous highlanders who privatized their common land to plant a boom crop, cacao. Spurred by the hope of ending their poverty and isolation, some prospered, while others lost their land and struggled to sustain their families. Yet the winners and losers in this transition were not strangers—they were kin and neighbors. Li’s richly peopled account takes the reader into the highlanders’ world, exploring the dilemmas they faced as sharp inequalities emerged among them.

The book challenges complacent, modernization narratives promoted by development agencies that assume inefficient farmers who lose out in the shift to high-value export crops can find jobs elsewhere. Decades of uneven and often jobless growth in Indonesia meant that for newly landless highlanders, land’s end was a dead end. The book also has implications for social movement activists, who seldom attend to instances where enclosure is initiated by farmers rather than coerced by the state or agribusiness corporations. Li’s attention to the historical, cultural, and ecological dimensions of this conjuncture demonstrates the power of the ethnographic method and its relevance to theory and practice today.

Sundar Sarukkai – Nature of Knowledge in Indian Intellectual Traditions

Libby Robin: the end of the environment (encountering the anthropocene)

David Schlosberg: Environmental management in the Anthropocene

The book David starts out referencing is here.

Naomi Klein’s interview on CBC: This changes everything

Klein had an extended interview on CBC yesterday, which you read about here or listen to here. Klein’s work is always provocative, and Joseph Heath at the University of Toronto has already found something to grumble about – a comment Klein made (in an earlier interview) about many of her critics being men. I didn’t hear the original interview, but I’ve read Heath’s work for some time and was surprised by his reaction since there are sound feminist positions to hold regarding the interconnections of economics and the oppression of women and the environment, which could both figure in Klein’s argument. And, even if they don’t occur together in Klein’s work, could (and have) been made by others, like Caroline Carolyn Merchant. The oddest part of Heath’s reaction was the title of his piece “How to close down a discussion (before it starts)” since his interpretation of Klein’s remark appears (on its face at least) to do precisely that.

Timothy Mitchell: Carbon Fuel and the Corporate Future