Great new book from Karine Gagné: Caring for Glaciers: Land, Animals, and Humanity in the Himalayas

This is a great looking new title from Karine Gagné at the University of Guelph.

Available here from University of Washington Press, where the blurb below is also from.

GAGASGRegional geopolitical processes have turned the Himalayan region of Ladakh, in northwest India, into a strategic border area with an increasing military presence that has decentered the traditional agropastoralist economy. This in turn has led to social fragmentation, the growing isolation of elders, and ethical dilemmas for those who strive to maintain traditional subsistence activities. Simultaneously, climate change is causing glaciers – a vital source of life in the region – to recede, which elders perceive as the consequence of a broken bond with the natural environment and the deities that inhabit the landscape.

Caring for Glaciers looks at the causes and consequences of ongoing social and cultural change in peoples’ relationship with the natural environment. It illuminates how relations of reciprocity – learned through everyday life and work in the mountains with the animals, glaciers, and deities that form Ladakh’s sacred geography – shape and nurture an ethics of care. Integrating contemporary studies of affect, landscape, and multispecies anthropology, Caring for Glaciers contributes to the anthropology of ethics by examining the moral order that develops through the embodied experience of life and work in the Himalayas.

Karine Gagné is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Guelph.

“The idea of morality serves as an axis for Gagné to bring together climate change, geopolitical tensions within and between nations, and the dilemmas of Indigenous peoples faced with the forces of nationalism and globalization.”
-Benjamin Orlove, anthropologist and professor of international and public affairs, Columbia University

“A timely and important foregrounding of the complex assemblage of human environmental relationships in the Himalayas.”
-Mona Bhan, coauthor of Climate without Nature: A Critical Anthropology of the Anthropocene

“Karine Gagné offers a perceptive and ethnographically rich monograph to the growing field of borderlands studies in high Asia and boosts our awareness of the Human-Nature bond on these margins.”
-Jean Michaud, coauthor of Frontier Livelihoods: Hmong in the Sino-Vietnamese Borderlands



New Book – Our history is the future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance

Nick Estes has been writing about Indigenous resistance at Standing Rock in powerful ways, so his new book coming in just over one month’s time is one I look forward to reading (also a co-edited book here!)

Here is the book description from Verso (available elsewhere too, I believe with Penguin/Random House in Canada):

How two centuries of Indigenous resistance created the movement proclaiming “Water is life”




In 2016, a small protest encampment at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, initially established to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, grew to be the largest Indigenous protest movement in the twenty-first century. Water Protectors knew this battle for native sovereignty had already been fought many times before, and that, even after the encampment was gone, their anticolonial struggle would continue. In Our History Is the Future, Nick Estes traces traditions of Indigenous resistance that led to the #NoDAPL movement. Our History Is the Future is at once a work of history, a manifesto, and an intergenerational story of resistance.

Global Red Power: Fourth World Resurgent, Glen Coulthard’s Antipode Lecture

Naomi Oreskes on “Giant Power: Technology, Energy, and the Beginnings of Post-Truth America”

John Borrows and Val Napoleon: The role of the sacred in Indigenous law and reconciliation

Tania Li: Commons, Co-ops, and Corporations: Assembling Indonesia’s 21st century land reform

Fully Funded PhD: Water Security in Cape Town

Cameron Harrington and I have received full funding for a PhD student interested in the politics and ethics of water security in Cape Town. Details of the call can be downloaded here. Please circulate to those who may be interested; happy to answer any questions as they arise. Here are the brief details:

• Full funding (international tuition + stipend + visa costs + travel) for a student from a DAC nation eligible to receive ODA funding to pursue a PhD at Durham University for three years in either the School of Government and International Affairs or the Department of Geography

• The application deadline is short: AUGUST 31, 2018

• The start date is: FEBRUARY 2019Durham GCRF CDT Water Security PhD Advert p1.jpg

Durham GCRF CDT Water Security PhD Advert


Andreas Malm: In Wilderness is the Liberation of the World

If you have been following Andreas Malm’s work, such as his latest book The Progress of This Storm, you’ll be familiar with his latest project of bringing realism back to environmental thought in combination with his view of Marxism. I don’t think that, at least in his book, the criticisms are always as precise as they ought to be, which leads to some easier dismissals of other scholars than one might expect. Nevertheless, even if you aren’t a Marxist (or his version of a Marxist) several of his critiques are in the ballpark:

J. Baird Callicot: Environmental Ethics in the Anthropocene

Ethics in the Anthropocene: in conversation with Dale Jamieson, Emma Marris, and Jedediah Purdy