A special issue of Environmental Humanities.
The emerging field of multispecies studies, grounded in passionate immersion in the lives of fungi, microorganisms, animals, plants, and others, is opening up novel ways of engaging with worlds around us. This issue brings together some of the leading scholars in this field to explore what is at stake – epistemologically, politically, ethically – for different forms of life caught up in diverse relationships of knowing and living together. The collection takes us into the worlds of sheep and shepherds; of stones, worms, salmon, and forest-devouring beetles; of viruses and their elephants; of seals, crows, and lava flows in Hawaii; and finally of frogs-as-pregnancy-tests and possible agents of pathogenic fungal spread. Each of the contributors explores what difference curious and careful attention to others might make in our efforts to inhabit and coconstitute flourishing worlds in these difficult times.
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Thom van Dooren is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Humanities at the University of New South Wales and coeditor of Environmental Humanities.
Ursula Munster is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen.
Eben Kirksey is Senior Lecturer in Environmental Humanities at the University of New South Wales, author of Emergent Ecologies and Freedom in Entangled Worlds, and editor of The Multispecies Salon, all also published by Duke University Press.
Deborah Bird Rose is Professor of Environmental Humanities at the University of New South Wales, author of Wild Dog Dreaming, and coeditor of Manifesto for Living in the Anthropocene.
Matthew Chrulew is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Social Inclusion at Macquarie University.
Anna Tsing is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and coeditor of Words in Motion, also published by Duke University Press.