Editors

Matthew Schneider-Mayerson is assistant professor of environmental studies at Yale-NUS College. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on literature, environmental politics, environmental futures, and popular culture. The author of Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture, he is currently writing a monograph on reproductive choices in the age of climate change and is editing books on empirical ecocriticism and the environmental dimensions of life in Singapore.

Brent Ryan Bellamy studies and teaches science fiction, American literature and cultures, and energy humanities and is coeditor of Materialism and the Critique of Energy.

Foreword

Kim Stanley Robinson is the author of nineteen science fiction novels, including the Mars trilogy, the 'Science in the Capitol' trilogy, and New York 2140.

Authors

Sofia Ahlberg is associate professor in the English department at Uppsala University, Sweden, and a research fellow at La Trobe University, Australia. Her first monograph, Atlantic Afterlives, is about the impact of digital information on literature.

 

Randall Amster is codirector and teaching professor in Environmental Studies and the Program on Justice and Peace at Georgetown University. His recent books include Peace Ecology and Anarchism Today; and the coedited volume Exploring the Power of Nonviolence: Peace, Politics, and Practice.

Brent Ryan Bellamy studies and teaches science fiction, American literature and cultures, and energy humanities and is coeditor of Materialism and the Critique of Energy.

Cherice Bock is a PhD candidate in environmental studies at Antioch University New England, where she edits the journal Whole Terrain. She teaches in the creation care program at Portland Seminary of George Fox University.

 

Charis Boke completed her PhD in anthropology at Cornell University in 2018. Her research with herbalists and community organizers in New England is situated athwart science studies, medical anthropology, and environmental anthropology.

Kira Bre Clingen is a master of landscape architecture student at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She holds a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology, as well as a B.A. in environmental policy studies and Asian studies from Rice University. She was a 2016–17 Thomas J. Watson fellow.

John Esposito is professor in the School of International Liberal Studies at Chukyo University in Nagoya, Japan, where he teaches courses in mass media, global studies, and critical discourse analysis.

 

Rebecca Evans is assistant professor in the department of English at Winston-Salem State University. Her work can be found in Resilience, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Cambridge History of Science Fiction, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Public Books.

 

Allison Ford is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Oregon. She holds an MS in sociology from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in international environmental policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Carolyn Fornoff is assistant professor of Latin American literatures and cultures at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Her recent publications on Latin American literature have appeared in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Istmo, Mexican Literature in Theory, and The Cambridge History of Latin American Women’s Literature.

Andrew Hageman is associate professor of English at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He has published articles on diverse topics, including David Lynch, Chinese cinema, and how to teach Björk’s Biophilia alongside her correspondence with Timothy Morton. He coedited the 2016 issue of Paradoxa on “Global Weirding” and had an essay selected by Nicolas Bourriaud for a book to accompany his special exhibition on David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive at La Panacee in Montpellier, France. 

Michael Horka is a PhD candidate in the department of American studies at George Washington University. His dissertation examines the relationship of desire to the scales of climate change found in late twentieth-and early twenty-first-century science, speculative, and climate fiction.

Andrew Alan Johnson is assistant professor of anthropology at Princeton University. His book Ghosts of the New City takes a historical look at the idea of the city in northern Thailand.

 

Jennifer Lee Johnson is assistant professor in the department of anthropology at Purdue University. She has published in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (awarded the 2017 Junior Scholar Award from the Anthropology and Environment Society) and Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management, as well as in the edited volumes Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research, Subsistence under Capitalism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, and Landscape, Environment and Technology in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa.

Melody Jue is assistant professor of English at the University of California–Santa Barbara. Drawing on the experience of becoming a scuba diver, her monograph Wild Blue Media: Thinking through Seawater develops a theory of mediation specific to the ocean environment.

Yifei Li is assistant professor of environmental studies at NYU Shanghai and global network assistant professor at NYU. His research examines environmental governance in China, focusing on questions about state power, urban sustainability, and disaster resilience. He has received research support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, and the China Times Cultural Foundation, among other extramural sources. His recent work appears in Current Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Journal of Environmental Management, and other scholarly outlets.

Anthony Lioi is professor of liberal arts and English at the Juilliard School in New York. He is the author of Nerd Ecology: Defending the Earth with Unpopular Culture, and is at work on a book about metahumanism. He is a past president of ASLE: Association for the Study of Literature and Environment and an editor of Resilience: A Journal of Environmental Humanities.

Janet Tamalik McGrath grew up between Inuit traditional and modern influences in the 1970s Canadian Arctic. A fluent speaker of Inuktut and lifelong language proponent, her doctoral work at Carleton University challenged Canadian academic norms by foregrounding Inuktut while also creating a unique bridge between epistemologies. Her research was published in Qaggiq Model.


Pierre-Héli Monot is a German Research Foundation postdoctoral fellow in comparative literature at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He received his PhD from the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2014 and has held visiting research appointments at Brown University in 2009, Harvard University in 2012–13, the University of Oxford in 2017, and King’s College London in 2018–19. His study of abolitionism and romantic hermeneutics, Mensch als Methode: Allgemeine Hermeneutik und partielle Demokratie (Man as a method: General hermeneutics and partial democracy), was published in 2016.

Kari Marie Norgaard is professor of sociology and environmental studies at University of Oregon. She has published over thirty peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and research reports on climate change, tribal environmental justice, gender, race, and risk perception. Her first book, Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life, was published in 2011. Her second book, Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People, draws upon nearly two decades of examples and insight from Karuk experiences on the Klamath River to illustrate how the ecological dynamics of settler-colonialism are essential for theorizing gender, race and social power today. 

 

Karen O’Brien is a professor in the department of sociology and human geography at the University of Oslo, Norway. She is currently leading the AdaptionsCONNECTS project, which looks at the relationship between climate change adaptation and transformations to sustainability.

 

Evelyn O'Malley is a lecturer in drama at the University of Exeter. Her monograph, Weathering Shakespeare: Audiences and Outdoor Performance, is forthcoming in Bloomsbury Academic’s Environmental Cultures series.

 

Robert Savino Oventile is associate professor of English at Pasadena City College. He has published essays and book reviews in Postmodern Culture, Jacket, symploke¯, and Chicago Quarterly Review, among other journals. His poetry has appeared in New Delta Review, Upstairs at Duroc, and Denver Quarterly. He is the author of Impossible Reading: Idolatry and Diversity in Literature and Satan’s Secret Daughters: The Muse as Daemon.

Chris Pak  is a lecturer at Swansea University, Wales, and is the author of Terraforming: Ecopolitical Transformations and Environmentalism in Science Fiction. Since 2016 he has been subeditor of the Medical Humanities blog, and from 2014–18 was editor of the Science Fiction Research Association’s SFRA Review.

David N. Pellow is Dehlsen Chair and professor of environmental studies and director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His most recent books include What Is Critical Environmental Justice?, Total Liberation: The Power and Promise of Animal Rights and the Radical Earth Movement, and, with Lisa Sun-Hee Park, The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America’s Eden.

 

Andrew Pendakis is associate professor of theory and rhetoric at Brock University and research fellow at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. His essays on topics ranging from dialectics to plastics have appeared in, among others, South Atlantic Quarterly, Jacobin, Third Text, E-Flux, and Critical Inquiry. He is also a coeditor of Contemporary Marxist Theory: A Reader and the Bloomsbury Companion to Marx.

 

Kimberly Skye Richards is a PhD candidate in performance studies at the University of California–Berkeley. Her dissertation, “Crude Stages of the Anthropocene: Performance and Petroimperialism,” examines a range of performance practices on oil frontiers, including civic festivals, political demonstrations, and political theater. She has contributed to Theatre Journal, TDR: The Drama Review, Room One Thousand, and the edited volume Shakespeare beyond English: A Global Experiment, and has a number of forthcoming articles.

Ann Kristin Schorre is a graduate student in the department of sociology and human geography at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her research focuses on social change in agrarian settings with an emphasis on the role of culture in climate change adaptation. She is a research assistant with the AdaptationCONNECTS project.
 

Malcolm Sen is assistant professor in the department of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is coeditor of Postcolonial Studies and the Challenges for the New Millennium. His podcast series, Irish Studies and the Environmental Humanities, is available through Google Play and Apple iTunes.

 

Sam Solnick is lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool, where he is codirector of the Literature and Science Hub. He is author of Poetry and the Anthropocene.

Miriam Tola is assistant professor in environmental humanities at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She specializes in feminist and postcolonial environmental humanities and critical theory. Her articles on the Anthropocene, the politics of the commons, and the rights of nature have appeared in Theory and Event, PhaenEx, South Atlantic Quarterly, Feminist Review, and Environmental Humanities. She has worked as a journalist and documentary producer in Italy and the United States.

 

Sheena Wilson is professor at the University of Alberta, codirector of the international Petrocultures Research Group (petrocultures.com), and lead researcher on Just Powers (justpowers.ca/). Publications include Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Cultures; “Gendering Oil: Tracing Western Petrosexual Relations”; and a coedited special issue of Imaginations entitled “Sighting Oil.” Her monograph in process is titled Deep Energy Literacy: Toward Just Futures.

 

Daniel Worden teaches in the School of Individualized Study at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the author of Masculine Style: The American West and Literary Modernism, editor of The Comics of Joe Sacco: Journalism in a Visual World, and coeditor of Postmodern/ Postwar—And After: Rethinking American Literature, and Oil Culture.

Artists

Natasha Bowdoin is assistant professor of painting and drawing at Rice University. She has been awarded prestigious residencies at the Core Program, Houston, Texas; the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program, Roswell, New Mexico; and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska. Bowdoin’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, including exhibitions at Mass MoCA (Massachusetts), the Moody Center for the Arts (Houston), the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum (Georgia), the CODA Museum (the Netherlands), the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (North Carolina), the Portland Museum of Art (Maine), the Cue Art Foundation (New York), and Extraspazio (Italy). She is represented by Monya Rowe Gallery (New York) and Talley Dunn Gallery (Dallas).

 

Lori Damiano is assistant professor of animated arts at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has exhibited her paintings and screened her films nationally and internationally, including shows at New Image Art in Hollywood, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Fleisher-Ollman in Philadelphia, Mulherin + Pollard in New York City, and The Narrows in Melbourne, Australia. She has been commissioned to paint murals in Portland, Laguna Beach, Tokyo, Berkeley, and, most recently, Guatemala. She served as chair of the animation department at the California State Summer School for the Arts for nine years and is on the Resource Council for the Independent Publishing Resource Center.

Nicolás De Jesús was born in an Aztec-Náhuatl indigenous community in Ameyaltepec, Mexico (Guerrero State). As a child, he learned from his parents how to use paintbrushes and colors to express our reality. Because he grew up unhappy with the reality of the discrimination and repression of his people, which has continued for more than five hundred years, art became a means for him to push out this unhappiness and to imbue with conscience other beings that do not dare cry out their pain. His work has been shown around the world, including shows in France, Canada, Indonesia, and in several cities in the United States. In Chicago, where he lived between 1989 and 1993, he collaborated with other artists to establish the Taller Mexicano de Grabado (Mexican Printmaking Workshop).

 

Jonathan Dyck is an illustrator and designer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba—Treaty 1 territory. His illustrations have appeared in a variety of publications, including The Walrus, Reader’s Digest, Maisonneuve, and Alberta Views. Most recently he designed and illustrated the anthology Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization. His work can be viewed at jonathandyck.com or on Instagram (@jandrewdyck).

Michelle Kuen Suet Fung’s oeuvre revolves around a grand narrative of a dystopian world set in the year 2084. Her works present a fictional geopolitical map of a bizarre future, one impacted by changes in the Anthropocene. She has exhibited internationally and has participated in prestigious artist residencies including Banff Centre, Canada; Island Institute, Alaska; and Art Omi, New York (as recipient of the Cecily Brown Fellowship). Her works have received many awards including 50 Best Books for Secondary Students, Hong Kong Professional Teacher’s Union (2018), Young Writer’s Debut Competition, Hong Kong (2017), the Grotto Award, Hong Kong Baptist University (2015), and Award of Excellence, Fourth Greater China Illustration Awards (2012 and 2016.)

Yellena James is an artist/illustrator currently living in Portland, Oregon. She is known for her colorful and instantly recognizable organic landscapes. Preferring pen and ink, gouache and acrylic, she combines complex abstract forms into dazzling images that take on lives of their own. James has participated in shows around the United States and overseas, including solo exhibitions at Stephanie Chefas Projects (Portland, Oregon), Giant Robot (San Francisco and Los Angeles), the Here Gallery (Bristol, U.K.), and the Hijinks Gallery (San Francisco). She has done illustration work for, among others, the brands Anthropologie, La Mer, Crate & Barrel, Pyrex, and Relativity Media.

Jenny Kendler is an interdisciplinary artist, environmental activist, naturalist, and wild forager. Kendler has exhibited at Storm King, MCA Chicago, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Albright-Knox, MSU Broad Museum, California Academy of Sciences, the Chicago Biennial, and the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, and has been commissioned to create public projects for urban conservatories, remote deserts, and tropical forests. Kendler received her BFA from MICA and her MFA from SAIC. She is co-chair of artist residency ACRE, is a member of artist collective Deep Time Chicago, and since 2014 has been the first artist in residence with environmental nonprofit NRDC. She and an interdisciplinary team were awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for her community co-created project Garden for a Changing Climate. More information is available at jennykendler.com.

Nikki Lindt is a Brooklyn artist currently working on a series of paintings on the thawing permafrost in the Fairbanks area and North Slope Borough of Alaska. During her most recent visit she resided and worked at the Toolik Field Station in the Arctic. She is currently also collaborating on a project with scientists from the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in NH. She has worked on more than a decade of projects dealing with the impact of climate change. She has given many talks about her work and exhibits nationally and internationally. She is represented by Robischon Gallery in Denver, Park Place Gallery and Heskin Contemporary in New York City. She has received the Pollack-Krasner Grant, the Dutch Artists Grant (Fonds BKVB) among others and has been awarded the Environmental Cultural Award, Milieudienst (Environmental Protection Agency) Amsterdam, Netherlands. Nikki received her BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and her MFA from Yale University.

Moonassi (Daehyun Kim) was born and works in Seoul, Korea. His work explores the disagreement between minds and the endless inner conflict within us. More information may be found at moonassi.com.

 

Maryanto received formal training in the visual arts at the Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta. He has completed residencies at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, the Netherlands, and the Escuela de Orient programme at Casa Asia Barcelona, Spain. He exhibited at the “Discoveries” section of Art Basel Hong Kong in 2016, Bazaar Art Jakarta in 2016, and Art Stage Singapore in 2017. He participated in the Setouchi Triennale in 2016; the Yogyakarta Biennale in 2015, “Hacking Conflict: Indonesia Meets Nigeria”; and the Jakarta Biennale in 2015, “Neither Forward Nor Back.” His recent projects include the ACC-Rijksakademie Dialogue and Exchange and “Europalia” at the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels.

Susa Monteiro was born in 1979. She worked in theatre and cinema until 2009. Currently, she works exclusively in illustration and comics, and creates editorial illustrations for various Portuguese newspapers, books, and posters.

Kate Shaw holds a bachelor of fine arts with honors from RMIT University and a diploma of museum studies from Deakin University. Selected solo exhibitions include Radiant Orb (Mirus Gallery, San Francisco, 2016), . . . . . . . . . (Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne, 2016), Blue Marble (Turner Galleries, Perth, 2015), Eternal Surge (PointB, New York, 2014), Stardust in our Veins (Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne, 2014), ART14 London (Fehily Contemporary, London, 2014), Uncanny Valleys (Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong, 2014), Luminous Worlds (Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria, 2014), and Fjallkonan (Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne, 2013). Selected group exhibitions include ART15 London (Olympia Stadium, Kensington, London, 2015), Synthetica (Wangaratta Art Gallery; Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery; Counihan Gallery; Latrobe Regional Gallery; Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, curated by Claire Anne Warson, 2015), 18 × 8 (PointB), Pattern (Glen Eira Gallery, curated by Diane Soumilas; Conquest of Space, COFA Gallery, Sydney, curated by Andrew Frost), and In Your Dreams (Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, 2014). Shaw has been selected for numerous prizes over the last decade. She was a Wynne Prize finalist several years in a row, a Scegg Redlands Prize finalist in 2014, an Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize finalist in 2013, and a Substation Contemporary Art Prize finalist in 2012. She lives and works in Melbourne and New York.

SWOON (Caledonia Curry) is a classically trained visual artist and printmaker who has spent the last fourteen years exploring the relationship between people and their built environments. Her work has been collected and shown internationally at galleries and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and the São Paulo Museum of Art. More information can be found at swoonstudio.org.

Rirkrit Tiravanija was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of his generation. His work defies media-based description, as his practice combines traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action. Tiravanija is on the faculty of the School of the Arts at Columbia University, and he is a founding member and curator of Utopia Station, a collective project of artists, art historians, and curators. Tiravanija also helped establish an educational-ecological project known as The Land Foundation, located in Chiang Mai, Thailand.