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Routledge Environmental Humanities


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From microplastics in the sea to hyper-trends such as global climate change, mega-extinction, and widening social disparities and displacement, we live on a planet undergoing tremendous flux and uncertainty. At the center of this transformation is human culture, both contributing to the state of the world and responding to planetary change. The Routledge Environmental Humanities Series seeks to engage with contemporary environmental challenges through the various lenses of the humanities and to explore foundational issues in environmental justice, multicultural environmentalism, ecofeminism, environmental psychology, environmental materialities and textualities, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, environmental communication and information management, multispecies relationships, and related topics. The series is premised on the notion that the arts, humanities, and social sciences, integrated with the natural sciences, are essential to comprehensive environmental studies.

The environmental humanities are a multidimensional discipline encompassing such fields as anthropology, history, literary and media studies, philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology, and women’s and gender studies; however, the Routledge Environmental Humanities is particularly eager to receive book proposals that explicitly cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, bringing the full force of multiple perspectives to illuminate vexing and profound environmental topics. We favor manuscripts aimed at an international readership and written in a lively and accessible style. Our readers include scholars and students from across the span of environmental studies disciplines and thoughtful citizens and policy makers interested in the human dimensions of environmental change.

Please contact the Editor, Grace Harrison ([email protected]), to submit proposals.

Praise for A Cultural History of Climate Change (2016):

A Cultural History of Climate Change shows that the humanities are not simply a late-arriving appendage to Earth System science, to help in the work of translation. These essays offer distinctive insights into how and why humans reason and imagine their ‘weather-worlds’ (Ingold, 2010). We learn about the interpenetration of climate and culture and are prompted to think creatively about different ways in which the idea of climate change can be conceptualised and acted upon beyond merely ‘saving the planet’.

Professor Mike Hulme, King's College London, in Green Letters

Series Editors:

Professor Scott Slovic, University of Idaho, USA

Professor Joni Adamson, Arizona State University, USA

Professor YUKI Masami, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan.

Previous editors:

Professor Iain McCalman AO, Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Australian Catholic University.

Professor Libby Robin, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra; Guest Professor of Environmental History, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Sweden.

Dr Paul Warde, Reader in Environmental History, University of Cambridge, UK

Editorial Board

Christina Alt, St Andrews University, UK, Alison Bashford, University of New South Wales, Australia, Peter Coates, University of Bristol, UK, Thom van Dooren, University of Sydney, Australia, Georgina Endfield, Liverpool UK, Jodi Frawley, University of Western Australia, Andrea Gaynor, The University of Western Australia, Australia, Christina Gerhardt, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, USA,□Tom Lynch, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA, Jennifer Newell, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia , Simon Pooley, Imperial College London, UK, Sandra Swart, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Ann Waltner, University of Minnesota, US, Jessica Weir, University of Western Sydney, Australia

International Advisory Board

William Beinart,University of Oxford, UK, Jane Carruthers, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago, USA, Poul Holm, Trinity College, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, Shen Hou, Renmin University of China, Beijing, Rob Nixon, Princeton University, USA, Pauline Phemister, Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, UK, Sverker Sörlin, KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, Helmuth Trischler, Deutsches Museum, Munich and Co-Director, Rachel Carson Centre, LMU Munich University, Germany, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University, USA, Kirsten Wehner, University of London, UK

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God and Gaia Science, Religion and Ethics on a Living Planet

God and Gaia: Science, Religion and Ethics on a Living Planet

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Michael S Northcott
December 22, 2022

God and Gaia explores the overlap between traditional religious cosmologies and the scientific Gaia theory of James Lovelock. It argues that a Gaian approach to the ecological crisis involves rebalancing human and more-than-human influences on Earth by reviving the ecological agency of local and ...

Exploring Interstitiality with Mangroves Semiotic Materialism and the Environmental Humanities

Exploring Interstitiality with Mangroves: Semiotic Materialism and the Environmental Humanities

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Kate Judith
December 15, 2022

Mangroves thrive in intertidal zones, where they gather organisms and objects from land, river, and ocean. They develop into complex ecologies in these dynamic in-between spaces. Mobilising resources drawn from semiotic materialism and the environmental humanities, this book seeks a form of social ...

The Environmental Apocalypse Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Climate Crisis

The Environmental Apocalypse: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Climate Crisis

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Jakub Kowalewski
November 16, 2022

This volume brings together scholars working in diverse traditions of the humanities in order to offer a comprehensive analysis of the environmental catastrophe as the modern-day apocalypse. Drawing on philosophy, theology, history, literature, art history, psychoanalysis, as well as queer and ...

African Americans and the Mississippi River Race, History, and the Environment

African Americans and the Mississippi River: Race, History, and the Environment

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted
September 30, 2022

This book follows the historical trajectory of African Americans and their relationship with the Mississippi River dating back to the 1700s and ending with Hurricane Katrina and the still-contested Delta landscape. Long touted in literary and historical works, the Mississippi River remains an ...

Environing Media

Environing Media

1st Edition

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Edited By Adam Wickberg, Johan Gärdebo
August 22, 2022

This edited volume interrogates the role of media technologies in the formation of environments, understood both as physical spaces and as epistemological constructs about them. Using the concept of ‘environing media’, the book advances a deeper understanding of how media processes – defined here ...

Environmental Humanities of Extraction in Africa Poetics and Politics of Exploitation

Environmental Humanities of Extraction in Africa: Poetics and Politics of Exploitation

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By James Ogude, Tafadzwa Mushonga
August 17, 2022

This book brings together perspectives on resource exploitation to expose the continued environmental and socio-political concerns in post-colonial Africa. The continent is host to a myriad of environmental issues, largely resulting from its rich diversity of natural resources that have been ...

Peter Goin and the Photography of Environmental Change Visual Literacy and Altered Landscapes

Peter Goin and the Photography of Environmental Change: Visual Literacy and Altered Landscapes

1st Edition

By Cheryll Glotfelty, Peter Goin
March 22, 2022

Peter Goin and the Photography of Environmental Change narrates the forty-year quest of award-winning and internationally exhibited contemporary photographer Peter Goin to document human-altered landscapes across America and beyond. It is a collaborative work between an artist and a literary critic...

Food for Degrowth Perspectives and Practices

Food for Degrowth: Perspectives and Practices

1st Edition

Edited By Anitra Nelson, Ferne Edwards
May 30, 2022

This collection breaks new ground by investigating applications of degrowth in a range of geographic, practical and theoretical contexts along the food chain. Degrowth challenges growth and advocates for everyday practices that limit socio-metabolic energy and material flows within planetary ...

Water Lore Practice, Place and Poetics

Water Lore: Practice, Place and Poetics

1st Edition

Edited By Camille Roulière, Claudia Egerer
May 20, 2022

Located within the field of environmental humanities, this volume engages with one of the most pressing contemporary environmental challenges of our time: how can we shift our understanding and realign what water means to us? Water is increasingly at the centre of scientific and public debates ...

Towards an Ecocritical Theatre Playing the Anthropocene

Towards an Ecocritical Theatre: Playing the Anthropocene

1st Edition

By Mohebat Ahmadi
May 06, 2022

Towards an Ecocritical Theatre investigates contemporary theatre through the lens of Anthropocene-oriented ecocriticism. It assesses how Anthropocene thinking engages different modes of theatrical representation, as well as how the theatrical apparatus can rise to the representational challenges of...

Monsters, Catastrophes and the Anthropocene A Postcolonial Critique

Monsters, Catastrophes and the Anthropocene: A Postcolonial Critique

1st Edition

By Gaia Giuliani
April 29, 2022

Monsters, Catastrophes and the Anthropocene: A Postcolonial Critique explores European and Western imaginaries of natural disaster, mass migration and terrorism through a postcolonial inquiry into modern conceptions of monstrosity and catastrophe. This book uses established icons of popular visual...

Ecologies of Gender Contemporary Nature Relations and the Nonhuman Turn

Ecologies of Gender: Contemporary Nature Relations and the Nonhuman Turn

1st Edition

Edited By Susanne Lettow, Sabine Nessel
March 31, 2022

Ecologies of Gender: Contemporary Nature Relations and the Nonhuman Turn examines the role of gender in recent debates about the nonhuman turn in the humanities, and critically explores the implications for a contemporary theory of gender and nature relations. The interdisciplinary contributions ...

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