A curation of articles, essays, book reviews and interviews on critical geographical concerns.
In this introduction, guest editors Andrew Baldwin and Bruce Erickson provide readers an entry into the special issue of "Race and the Anthropocene".
The Anthropocene names the epoch wherein humans have become the main geological agent on the planet’s surface. But Arun Saldanha asks which humans, and since when?
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.
Hee-Jung S Joo explores the racial politics of a select group of contemporary disaster film and fiction to reveal the relationship between race and futurity that also undergirds discussions of the Anthropocene.
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.
In this article, Timothy Luke critically reconsiders how the Anthropocene concept defines today’s trends in rapid anthropogenic climate change.
Using a borderlands analytic to make sense of the borders that are produced and policed in gentrifying cities, Margaret Ramírez considers how Black and Latinx life has been criminalized spatially and sonically so as to be displaced by forces of racial capitalist extraction.
In this article, Eden Kinkaid presents a critical phenomenological reworking of Lefebvre’s theory of social space from the perspective of minority subjects.