The Routledge Handbook of Ecomedia Studies gathers leading work by critical scholars in this burgeoning field. Redressing the lack of environmental perspectives in the study of media, ecomedia studies asserts that media are in and about the environment, and environments are socially and materially mediated.
The book gives form to this new area of study and brings together diverse scholarly contributions to explore and give definition to the field. The Handbook highlights five critical areas of ecomedia scholarship: ecomedia theory, ecomateriality, political ecology, ecocultures, and eco-affects. Within these areas, authors navigate a range of different topics including infrastructures, supply and manufacturing chains, energy, e-waste, labor, ecofeminism, African and Indigenous ecomedia, environmental justice, environmental media governance, ecopolitical satire, and digital ecologies. The result is a holistic volume that provides an in-depth and comprehensive overview of the current state of the field, as well as future developments.
This volume will be an essential resource for students, educators, and scholars of media studies, cultural studies, film, environmental communication, political ecology, science and technology studies, and the environmental humanities.
The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis. com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. Deep gratitude for the generous support of those institutions that provided funding to enable this volume to be available simultaneously in print and open access: University of Oregon Libraries Open Access Publishing Award, Frank J. Guarini School of Busi-ness at John Cabot University, University of Vermont Humanities Center, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Lausanne, and School of Humanities at Nanyang Technological University.
Antonio López, Adrian Ivakhiv, Stephen Rust, Miriam Tola, Alenda Y. Chang, and Kiu-wai Chu
PART I Ecomedia Theory
1 When Do Media Become Ecomedia?
Adrian Ivakhiv and Antonio López
2 Three Ecologies: Ecomediality as Ontology
3 Meaning, Matter, Ecomedia
4 Blue Media Ecologies: Swimming through the Mediascape with Sir David Attenborough
Stephen Rust and Verena Wurth
5 Political and Apolitical Ecologies of Digital Media
6 Centering Africa in Ecomedia Studies: Interview with Cajetan Iheka
Miriam Tola, Kiu-wai Chu, and Stephen Rust
7 Ecomedia and Empire in the US–Mexico Borderlands, 1880–1912
Carlos Alonso Nugent
8 Spatial Documentary Studies, El Mar La Mar, and Elemental Media Remediated
9 Ecomedia Literacy: Bringing Ecomedia Studies into the Classroom
PART II Ecomateriality
10 Disaggregated Footprints: An Infrastructural Literacy Approach to the Sustainable Internet
Nicole Starosielski, Hunter Vaughan , Anne Pasek, and Nicholas R. Silcox
11 Collapse Informatics and the Environmental Impact of Information and Communication Technologies
Laura U. Marks
12 Electronic Environmentalism: Monitoring and Making Ecological Crises
13 Radiant Energy and Media Infrastructures of the South
14 Micro/Climates of Play: On the Thermal Contexts of Games
Alenda Y. Chang
15 Relational Ecologies of the Gramophone Disc
Elodie A. Roy
16 Core Dump: The Global Aesthetics and Politics of E-Waste
PART III Political Ecology
17 Carbon Capitalism, Communication, and Artificial Intelligence: Placing the Climate Emergency Center Stage
Benedetta Brevini and Daisy Doctor
18 Environmental Media Management: Overcoming the Responsibility Deficit
Pietari Kääpä and Hunter Vaughan
19 Property Rights Control in the Data-Driven Economy: The Media Ecology of Blockchain Registries
20 Common Pool Resources, Communication, and the Global Media Commons
Patrick D. Murphy and E. Septime Sessou
21 #NOLNG253! Media Use in Modern Environmental Justice Movements
Ellen E. Moore and Anna Bean
22 Contesting Digital Colonial Power: Indigenous Australian Sovereignty and Self-Determination in Digital Worlds
Corrinne Sullivan and Jessica McLean
23 Who Makes Our Smartphones? Four Moments in Their Lifecycle
Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller
PART IV Ecocultures
24 Media and Ecocultural Identity
Tema Milstein, Gabi Mocatta, and José Castro-Sotomayor
25 Eco-Territorial Media Practices: Defending Bodies, Territories, and Life Itself in Latin America
26 Mapping for Accountability: Decolonizing Land Acknowledgment Initiatives
Salma Monani and Sarah Gilsoul
27 Black Media Philosophy and Visual Ecologies: A Conversation between Armond Towns and Jeremy Kamal
Armond Towns and Jeremy Kamal
28 On the Ecological Futurabilities of Experimental Film Labs
Noélie Martin and Jacopo Rasmi
29 Popular Music: Folk and Folk Rock as Green Cultural Production
30 Women in the Global Pandemic Media Imagination: Mimetic Desire, Scapegoating Buddhist Hermeneutic, and Beyond
PART V Eco-Affects
31 Ecomentia, from Televised Catastrophe to Performative Assembly: Collapsonaut Attention in a House on Fire
32 Feeling Wild: The Mediation of Embodied Experience
Alexa Weik von Mossner
33 Social Realism and Environmental Crisis: Clio Barnard’s Dark River
34 Ecopolitical Satire in the Global North
Nicole Seymour and Anthony Lioi
35 Fear and Loathing in Ecomedia: Channeling Fear through Horror Tropes in Invasive Species Outreach
36 Slow Media, Eco-Mindfulness, and the Lifeworld
"This Handbook undertakes a crucial reboot of media studies in light of the global climate crisis, reckoning with an array of urgent planetary matters. Assembling the most lucid thinkers in ecomedia studies, the book confronts the entanglement of media and ecology and unfurls vital forms of research and action."
Lisa Parks, Distinguished Professor of Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara
"Media Studies should always have been Ecomedia Studies, but it wasn’t. A generation of pioneer scholars worked to change that, and most of them have written chapters for this absolutely essential collection. This book will from now on be a key reference-point."
Nick Couldry, London School of Economics and Political Science
"This collection is extremely useful in both being aware of the earlier waves of eco-criticism while stating out clearly and in depth that the only way forward for media studies is with ecology at its core – not just as one ‘theme’ but as the very essence of how politics and planetary futures unfold. The Handbook will become essential reading."
Jussi Parikka, Aarhus University, author of Insect Media and A Geology of Media
"The Routledge Handbook of Ecomedia Studies is a timely constellation of essays that whirls into the elements, borderlands, digital worlds, energetics, and spheres of affect—addressing how media not only represent the environment but are fundamentally of the environment. This book will be a valuable reference for years to come."
Melody Jue, Associate Professor of English, UC Santa Barbara, author of Wild Blue Media