The (re)emergence of populism(s), the increase in hate speech, and the resurgence of ethnic and religious violence and xenophobia—in what Pankaj Mishra has called “the age of anger”—all evince a complex web of relations and gestures toward the Other, which call the project of modernity into question.
We face an unparalleled historical situation of global multispecies suffering, variously known as the Anthropocene, or the New Climatic Regime, and signalled by alarming states of exposure and precarity in more-than-human worlds. The question of how to nurture liveable futures for 'us' – while also asking who and what might be included in this 'us' and with what consequences – depends on our abilities and willingness to re-negotiate means of entering into relations and, indeed, conversations with nonhumans, be they other species, microbes or machines.
In the BifrostOnline guest blog environmental humanities scholar Serpil Oppermann looks at fiction of human bioturbation and unpacks what we are beginning to understand about the risks involved in changing subterranean environments as we extract resources ever more aggressively.
The Biennial ASLE Conference “Paradise on Fire” explores the connections among storytelling, real and imagined landscapes, future-making, activism, environed spaces, differential exclusions, long histories, and the disaster-prone terrains of the Anthropocene.
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“Nature, my boss, is unforgiving” states First Nations activist Milton Born With A Tooth in a powerful message on how the world must come together as global people to face our common global problem, climate change.
Nordic children’s and young adult literature has long reached a worldwide audience, due not least to the popularity of the works of writers such as H. C. Andersen, Astrid Lindgren, Selma Lagerlöf, Tove Jansson and, more recently, Stian Hole and Maria Parr. While nature and the environment play an important role in the works of these authors and in much of Nordic children’s and young adult literature, there is still relatively little ecocritical research on this corpus. As in ecocriticism generally, much of the ecocritical focus within the field of children’s and young adult literature so far has been on Anglophone texts.
What is now known as the environmental humanities has become a recognised and thriving field, and invaluable work that tackles the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and energy consumption is being done in areas such as ecocriticism, human-animal studies, and environmental history...