Joshua Eichen looks at the historical geography of sugar plantations in Northeast Brazil during the 16th- and 17th-centuries to critique the spatio-temporality of the discourse of the Anthropocene.
Research on the Anthropocene has emerged fast and furiously across academic disciplines in recent years. While some have suggested that this concept signifies a rupture with the philosophical foundations of Western modernity, Michael Simpson's paper stresses the continuities between the Anthropocene and its antecedents.
In this article, Mabel Gergan, Sara Smith, and Pavithra Vasudevan analyze three prominent tropes of American apocalyptic films (the “Great Deluge,” the “Nuclear Catacalysm,” and “the Population Bomb”) and map them onto existing geological proposals for the Anthropocene. In staging this encounter, they illustrate how impending ecological disasters in American popular imagination temporally displace the apocalypse into the present or the future.
In this article, Bruce Erickson presents how the Anthropocene functions as a geophysical justification of structures of colonialism in the services of a greener future. The case of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement illustrates how this crisis of the future is sutured into mainstream environmentalism.