Clive Hamilton: geoengineering/new skies

Donald Worster on Wilderness: From the American West to the World

McKenzie Wark, Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene

Notice of a new book from Verso, looks interesting.

Progressive Geographies

Forthcoming from Verso in April:


In Molecular Red, McKenzie Wark creates philosophical tools for the Anthropocene, our new planetary epoch, in which human and natural forces are so entwined that the future of one determines that of the other.

Wark explores the implications of Anthropocene through the story of two empires, the Soviet and then the American. The fall of the former prefigures that of the latter. From the ruins of these mighty histories, Wark salvages ideas to help us picture what kind of worlds collective labor might yet build. From the Russian revolution, Wark unearths the work of Alexander Bogdanov—Lenin’s rival—as well as the great Proletkult writer and engineer Andrey Platonov.

The Soviet experiment emerges from the past as an allegory for the new organizational challenges of our time. From deep within the Californian military-entertainment complex, Wark retrieves Donna Haraway’s cyborg critique and science fiction writer Kim Stanley…

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Tim Ingold: Reach for the stars! Light, vision and the atmosphere

James Tully on Reconciliation here on Earth: Shared Responsibilities

This talk is from Dr. Tully’s presentation to the Responsibility for Shared Futures seminars at Dalhousie, which was focused on indigenous issues.

Charles Taylor or Bruno Latour? Philosophical and Theological Anthropology

A couple of interesting lectures that contrast with each other at several key points. And, more generally, an increasingly interesting turn to theology:

Uh-oh, now Sachs thinks finance bankers will help save Earth

Here is Sach’s latest op-ed and a talk he gave recently at LSE.

Ivan Illich on Water and the History of the Senses (1984)

I’m prepping for what looks to be an excellent conference on water and ethics in Wisconsin this spring. Here is an interesting talk (thanks to dmf for sending it along!).

Saskia Sassen @the systematic edge

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“Where our conceptual categories no longer work” talk for Cambridge Law

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Bruno Latour, “Beyond Belief: On the Forms of Knowledge Proper to Religious Beings”

It’s audio only, but on youtube: