Humanities Special Issue "Anthropocene Nonhumanities"

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July 15, 2020
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The mark of humans may now be read in all earthly things, from the strata of the lithosphere to the upper reaches of the stratosphere. The Anthropocene, as many have proposed we call this too human geological and climatological era, calls for a radical reconsideration of the nonhuman world and humanity’s place within it. Human-induced climate change and the sixth extinction have irreparably harmed nonhuman populations and ecosystems, yet humans must also reckon with the destructive climatic forces for which we are in large part responsible. The nonhuman is at once more vulnerable and more destructive than at any time within human history. And yet as we struggle to articulate the nonhuman, to speak responsibly for endangered species and ecologies, they continue to elude representation. Vaster than mega-hurricanes, smaller than microplastics, Anthropocene nonhumanities call for fresh approaches and new epistemologies.

This special issue of Humanities is calling for papers on a wide range of approaches to these issues, including but not limited to:

  • The alteration of the human by the nonhuman and the nonhuman by the human
  • Cultural and literary representations of ecological devastation and/or extinction
  • Actor-network approaches to climate change and extinction
  • Object-oriented ontology and/as ecology
  • Evolution in a time of dearth and rapid change
  • Water and weather as actants
  • Social justice and the nonhuman
  • The human body as nonhuman ecosystem
  • Disease vectors and climate change
  • Global crisis and a nonhuman ethics of care
  • Thinking beyond “nature” and “the wild”
  • Redefining personhood, and the nonhuman turn in jurisprudence

Dr. Jed Mayer
Guest Editor

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