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Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene

By: Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing(Editor), Heather Anne Swanson(Editor), Elaine Gan(Editor), Nils Bubandt(Editor)
368 pages, 57 b/w photos
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Living on a damaged planet challenges who we are and where we live. This timely anthology calls on twenty eminent humanists and scientists to revitalize curiosity, observation, and transdisciplinary conversation about life on earth.

As human-induced environmental change threatens multispecies livability, Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet puts forward a bold proposal: entangled histories, situated narratives, and thick descriptions offer urgent "arts of living". Included are essays by scholars in anthropology, ecology, science studies, art, literature, and bioinformatics who posit critical and creative tools for collaborative survival in a more-than-human Anthropocene. The essays are organized around two key figures that also serve as the publication's two openings: Ghosts, or landscapes haunted by the violences of modernity; and Monsters, or interspecies and intraspecies sociality. Ghosts and Monsters are tentacular, windy, and arboreal arts that invite readers to encounter ants, lichen, rocks, electrons, flying foxes, salmon, chestnut trees, mud volcanoes, border zones, graves, radioactive waste – in short, the wonders and terrors of an unintended epoch.


Ghosts on a Damaged Planet

Introduction: Haunted Landscapes of the Anthropocene
      Elaine Gan, Nils Bubandt, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, and Heather Anne Swanson
1. A Garden or a Grave?: The Canyonic Landscape of the Tijuana-San Diego Region
      Lesley Stern

In the Midst of Damage
2. Marie Curie's Fingerprint: Nuclear Spelunking in the Chernobyl Zone
      Kate Brown
3. Shimmer: When All You Love Is Being Trashed
      Deborah Bird Rose

Footprints of the Dead
4. Future Megafaunas: A Historical Perspective on the Scope for a Wilder Anthropocene
      Jens-Christian Svenning
5. Ladders, Trees, Complexity, and Other Metaphors in Evolutionary Thinking
      Andreas Hejnol
6. No Small Matter: Mushroom Clouds, Ecologies of Nothingness, and Strange Topologies of Spacetimemattering
      Karen Barad
7. Haunted Geologies: Spirits, Stones, and the Necropolitics of the Anthropocene
      Nils Bubandt

What Remains
8. Ghostly Forms and Forest Histories
      Andrew S. Mathews
9. Establishing New Worlds: The Lichens of Petersham
      Anne Pringle
Coda: Concept and Chronotope
      Mary Louise Pratt


Monsters and the Arts of Living

Introduction: Bodies Tumbled into Bodies
      Heather Anne Swanson, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Nils Bubandt, and Elaine Gan
1. Deep in Admiration
      Ursula K. Le Guin

Inhabiting Multispecies Bodies
2. Symbiogenesis, Sympoiesis, and Art Science Activisms for Staying with the Trouble
      Donna Haraway
3. Noticing Microbial Worlds: The Post Modern Synthesis in Biology
      Margaret McFall-Ngai

Beyond Individuals
4. Holobiont by Birth: Multilineage Individuals as the Concretion of Cooperative Processes
      Scott F. Gilbert
5. Wolf, or Homo Homini Lupus
      Carla Freccero
6. Unruly Appetites: Salmon Domestication “All the Way Down”
      Marianne Elisabeth Lien
7. Without Planning: The Evolution of Collective Behavior in Ant Colonies
      Deborah M. Gordon

At the Edge of Extinction
8. Synchronies at Risk: The Intertwined Lives of Horseshoe Crabs and Red Knot Birds
      Peter Funch
9. Remembering in Our Amnesia, Seeing in Our Blindness
      Ingrid M. Parker

Coda. Beautiful Monsters: Terra in the Cyanocene
      Dorion Sagan


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Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Niels Bohr Professor at Aarhus University in Denmark, where she codirects Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA). Heather Swanson is assistant professor of anthropology at Aarhus University. Elaine Gan is art director of AURA and postdoctoral fellow at Aarhus University. Nils Bubandt is professor of anthropology at Aarhus University, where he codirects AURA.

By: Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing(Editor), Heather Anne Swanson(Editor), Elaine Gan(Editor), Nils Bubandt(Editor)
368 pages, 57 b/w photos
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