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Mediating Environment; Thinking Ecologies Reading List
Given the political and ecological challenge of global warming, practices of mapping, understanding, and acting on the environment are called both for and on with ever greater urgency. Doing so, however, requires the practice–and tacit theorization of–media and scale in equal measure. It is thus important to pause and consider: how do media facilitate ecological, trans-scalar relations? What are its dominant modes, what other modes might be proposed?
Background- History of Nature
Donald Worster. Nature’s Economy
Frederick Buell. From Apocalypse to Way of Life
Alfred Schmidt. The Concept of Nature in Marx
Timothy Choy. Ecologies of Comparison (ebook)
Carolyn Merchant, Autonomous Nature: Problems of Prediction and Control from Ancient Times to the Scientific Revolution (2016)
Background- Theories of Nature
Bruno Latour. Politics of nature: How to bring the sciences into democracy (ebook)
Donna Haraway. When Species Meet
Eduardo Kohn, How Forests Think: Towards an Anthropology Beyond the Human. (chapter selections)
Karen Barad. Meeting the Universe Halfway.
Networks and Scales
Anna Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World
Donella H. Meadows (2008) Thinking in Systems – A primer (Earthscan)
Ashley Carse, Beyond the Big Ditch
Jane Bennett, “The Force of Things: Steps toward an Ecology of Matter” Political Theory (32) 3: 347-372.
Paul N. Edwards, “Infrastructure and Modernity: Force, Time, and Social Organization in the History of Sociotechnical Systems,” in Modernity and Technology, ed. Thomas J. Misa et al. (Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2003).
Lisa Parks, “Earth Observation and Signal Territories: Studying U.S. Broadcast Infrastructure through Historical Network Maps, Google Earth, and Fieldwork.” Canadian Journal of Communication vol 38 no. 3 (2013):
Myra J. Hird. ‘Indifferent Globality’ Theory, Culture and Society, 2010, 27 (2-3), 54-72.
Sallie Marston, John Paul Jones, and Keith Woodward. “Human geography without scale.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 30: 416–432
Arturo Escobar, “The ‘ontological turn’ in social theory: A Commentary on ‘Human geography without scale’, by Sallie Marston, John Paul Jones II and Keith Woodward.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 32: 106–111
Andrew E. G. Jonas. “Pro scale: further reflections on the ‘scale debate’ in human geography.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 31 (2006): 399–406.
Sayre, Nathan F., and Alan Di Vittorio. “Scale.” In Robert Kitchin and Nigel Thrift, eds. The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier, 2009.
Nicole Starosielski and Janet Walker, eds. Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment (2016). (Selections – particularly Alenda Chang and Erica Robles-Anderson’s pieces).
Zach Horton, “Collapsing Scale: Nanotechnology and Geoengineering as Speculative Media” in Shaping Emerging Technologies: Governance, Innovation, Discourse. Edited by Kornelia Konrad, Christopher Coenen, Anne Dijkstra, Colin Milburn and Harro van Lente, IOS Press / AKA, Berlin, 2013
Mediated Epistemologies of the Environment
Melody Jue, “Vampire Squid Media.” Grey Room
John Durham Peters, The Marvelous Cloud
Sean Cubitt. “The Information Environment.” In Ulrik Ekman; Jay David Bolter; Lily Diaz; Morten Sondergaard and Maria Engberg, eds. Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture. New York: Routledge (2016): 215-225.
Jennifer Gabrys, Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a Computational Planet. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.
Alenda Chang, “Games as Environmental Texts.” Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences vol. 19, no. 2 (Spring/Summer 2011): 57-84.
Matthew Fuller, Media Ecologies
Stacy Alaimo, Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self.
Ursula Heise, “Unnatural Ecologies: The Metaphor of the Environment in Media Theory”
Edwards, Paul N. A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010).
Katherine Hayles. “Simulated Nature and Natural Simulations: Rethinking the Relation between Beholder and the World.” In Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature ed. William Cronon. New York: WW Norton & Co, 1996.
The Technoscene & Critiques of Sustainability
Stacy Alaimo, “Sustainable this, sustainable that.”
Melinda Harm Benson and Robin Kundis Craig, “The End of Sustainability.” Society & Natural Resources.
C.S. Holling, 1973. “Resilience and stability of ecological systems.”Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics Vol 4 :1-23.
Catherine Yusoff. “Anthropogenesis: Origins and Endings in the Anthropocene.” Theory, Culture & Society vol. 33, (2): 3-28.
Jussi Parikka. Geology of Media
Alf Hornborg. “The Political Ecology of the Technocene: Uncovering Ecologically Unequal Exchange in the World-System.” In The Anthropocene and the Global Environmental Crisis: Rethinking Modernity in a New Epoch. 2015: 57-69
Petrocultures Research Group, After Oil
Catherine Yusoff. “The geoengine: geoengineering and the geopolitics of planetary modification.” Environment and Planning vol. 45, (12) 2799-2808.