Deterritorializing the Future?

“The era of climate change involves the mutation of systems beyond 20th century anthropomorphic models and has stood, until recently, outside representation or address. Understood in a broad and critical sense, climate change concerns material agencies that impact on biomass and energy, erased borders and microbial invention, geological and nanographic time, and extinction events. The possibility of extinction has always been a latent figure in textual production and archives; but the current sense of depletion, decay, mutation and exhaustion calls for new modes of address, new styles of publishing and authoring, and new formats and speeds of distribution. As the pressures and realignments of this re-arrangement occur, so must the critical languages and conceptual templates, political premises and definitions of ‘life.’ There is a particular need to publish in timely fashion experimental monographs that redefine the boundaries of disciplinary fields, rhetorical invasions, the interface of conceptual and scientific languages, and geomorphic and geopolitical interventions. Critical Climate Change is oriented, in this general manner, toward the epistemo-political mutations that correspond to the temporalities of terrestrial mutation.” – Tom Cohen & Claire Colebrook

Deterritorializing the Future: Heritage in, of and after the Anthropocene
Edited by Rodney Harrison and Colin Sterling (2020)

Understanding how pasts resource presents is a fundamental first step towards building alternative futures in the Anthropocene. This collection brings together scholars from a range of disciplines to explore concepts of care, vulnerability, time, extinction, loss and inheritance across more-than-human worlds, connecting contemporary developments in the posthumanities with the field of critical heritage studies. Drawing on contributions from archaeology, anthropology, critical heritage studies, gender studies, geography, histories of science, media studies, philosophy, and science and technology studies, the book aims to place concepts of heritage at the centre of discussions of the Anthropocene and its associated climate and extinction crises – not as a nostalgic longing for how things were, but as a means of expanding collective imaginations and thinking critically and speculatively about the future and its alternatives.

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4 responses to “Deterritorializing the Future?

    • Hey Mario, thank you for your support. We share the books that we are reading, or have read, which we believe fit the nebulous themes of this website. We’ve shared a bunch of PDFs over the years, so search the archives and enjoy.

      • III, I was just wondering where you see the books. It’s been awhile since I was near the CAL campus, for example, where bookstores around there might have philosophy books, but run of the mill Barnes and Noble or any bookstores that I have access to, do not have these. I guess that was my question.

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