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My upcoming talk at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs comes from the East European strand of my research. The talk will be called “Becoming Tuteishyi: Peregrinations in the Zona of Ukraine, with Walter, Gloria, Andrei, Bruno, and Other Explorers.” The description reads as follows: Drawing on the author’s research and travels, […]

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Say what? (going solar)

Nothing like a bit of good news* to make us feel that the fight against fossil-fuel gangsters is worth continuing… “We’re actually winning the fight against climate change, but most people don’t know it yet.” And this: “Within eighteen months . . . solar will be able to compete in three-quarters of the world’s electricity […]

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Mosaïcultures

Some pictures from the Mosaïcultures international exhibition of horticultural arts at Montreal’s Botanical Gardens. The exhibition continues until September 29. Lise Cormier’s Mother Earth

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Let the hobbits live

Glandwr councillors, don’t do it. It’s a beautiful, sustainably designed home. Let them live there. See Couple lose fight to save ‘hobbit house’ eco-home from demolition. And Charley and Meg’s Facebook page for updates. Then sign the petition. More pictures here.  

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The above is (a) beautiful, (b) ugly, (c) neither beautiful nor ugly in itself (nor anything else in particular), or (d) _________ (fill in the blank)? It’s a view (on a particularly hazy day) of the Sheffield wind power project in northeast Vermont, as seen from Crystal Lake State Park beach outside the town of […]

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Sighting Oil

While it’s been out for several months now, the current issue of Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, a special issue on Sighting Oil, deserves more press than it’s gotten. The journal is housed at the University of Alberta, which makes it particularly well situated to critically observe the development of Alberta’s infamous Tar Sands. […]

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Bruno Latour’s upcoming Gifford Lectures sound remarkable. See ANTHEM for the details. There could be no better theme for a lecture series on natural religion than that of Gaia, this puzzling figure that has emerged recently in public discourse from Earth science as well as from many activist and spiritual movements. The problem is that the […]

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Take-home message

… from Bill McKibben and 350.org’s new roadshow, “Do The Math,” previewed tonight here at the University of Vermont: If climate scientists (and climate change modelers) are correct that the burning of more than a small fraction of the world’s available fossil fuel reserves will trigger changes that will induce paroxysms of preventable suffering, then […]

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My article “The Wound of What Has Not Happened Yet: Cine-Semiotics of Eco-Trauma” appeared in the trilingual (English-German-Czech) arts journal Umelec late last year. (It kicked off the issue, followed by Mark Fisher’s wonderful “Terminator vs. Avatar: Notes on Accelerationism.”) The editors illustrated it with photos from David Cronenberg’s Crash, which I found funny. The […]

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Here’s the abstract for the keynote I will be giving at Nature and the Popular Imagination in Malibu this August. It builds on my recent talk at Bucks College, but without the nod to pop-cultural interest in Avatar. THE AGE OF THE WORLD MOTION PICTURE starring the Cinematic Earth, with cameo appearances by Charles Darwin, […]

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