Anthropocene Islands: 

Monthly Zoom Reading Group



The ‘Anthropocene Islands’ zoom reading group is lead by Kasia Mika and Jonathan Pugh. If you would like to take part, have any questions, or further suggestions of texts we might read, please email Jonathan.Pugh@ncl.ac.uk and k.mika@qmul.ac.uk



This is a monthly virtual reading group (open to all) where we (1) discuss a specific text which is particularly illustrative of why and how Anthropocene thinking works with islands for the development of relational approaches and (2) the related work in progress of people involved in the reading group. This second element is being included to help those who attend the reading group develop their own ideas which they may be thinking of publishing. 


To accommodate different time zones, the reading group meets on the last Thursday of every month at 10am and at 5pm (LONDON TIME). People can choose to attend one of these time slots or both. The reading group lasts for one hour and the format is (i) someone from the group opens by providing a short 10 minute overview of the key points made in selected text for the month; (ii) the group next discusses these for 30 mins, and (iii) people from the group  then examine how the key ideas or approaches of this specific text relate to their own work.



We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE people to actively take part and participate in discussions if they do attend. This is not a seminar where people listen to a talk with their zoom cameras off, but an active discussion group, which requires reading the allotted reading beforehand and taking part in the discussion. 



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Next reading group:-


29th July 2021 - (note there are two short readings for this session).


10 am LONDON TIME - Teaiwa K. M. (2011) ‘Recovering Ocean Island,’ Life Writing, 8(1), pp. 87-100. Article available here (presented by Katerina Teaiwa) and Teaiwa K. M. (2020) Visualizing Banaba: Art and Research about a Diffracted Pacific Island. Refract: An Open Access Visual Studies Journal, 3(1) 10.5070/R73151194 Article available here (presented by Katerina Teaiwa).


5 pm LONDON TIME - Teaiwa K. M. (2011) ‘Recovering Ocean Island,’ Life Writing, 8(1), pp. 87-100. Article available here (presented by Katerina Teaiwa) and Teaiwa K. M. (2020) Visualizing Banaba: Art and Research about a Diffracted Pacific Island. Refract: An Open Access Visual Studies Journal, 3(1) 10.5070/R73151194 Article available here (Introduced by Delilah Griswold).



WE WILL TAKE A BREAK IN AUGUST 2021.


30th September, 2021 5pm LONDON TIME - Flores T. and Stephens M.A. (eds) (2017) Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago. Durham. Duke University Press. (Introduced by Tatiana Flores and Michelle Stephens)


28th October, 2021 - Davis, S. (2020) Islands and oceans: Reimagining sovereignty and social change. University of Georgia Press. (Introduced by Sasha Davis).


WE WILL TAKE A BREAK NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2021.


27th January, 2022 - Wakefield S. (2020) Anthropocene Backloop: experimentation in unsafe operating space. Open Humanities Press. Free book download. http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/books/titles/anthropocene-backloop/ (Introduced by Stephanie Wakefield)


24th February, 2022. 5pm LONDON TIME - Russell Roberts, B. (2021) Borderwaters: Amid the Archipelagic Sstates of America. Duke University Press. Introduction available here https://www.dukeupress.edu/borderwaters (Introduced by Brian Russell Roberts)





Other works which will be engaged at future dates … 


Clark N. Islands - Interconnectivity - Climate Change. http://physicsroom.org.nz/archive/shrink/essay/2.htm


Watts L. (2018)Energy at the End of the World: An Orkney Islands Saga. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.


Hessler S. (2018) (ed) Tidalectics. Imagining an Oceanic Worldview Through Art and Science. Cambridge MA and London, England: MIT Press.

 

Wolfe C. (2017) Of Ecology, Immunity, and Islands: the lost maples of Big Bend. Ch 6 in Weinstein J and Colebrook,C (eds)Posthumous life: Theorizing beyond the posthuman. New York: Columbia University Press: 137-152.


Morton T. (2016) Molten Entities. In Daou D and Pérez-Ramos P (eds.) New Geographies 08: Island, Cambridge, MA: Universal Wilde. pp 72-76.


Barad K. (2019) After the End of the World: Entangled Nuclear Colonialisms, Matters of Force, and the Material Force of Justice, Theory & Event,22 (3): 524-550.


Last A. (2017) We are the world? Anthropocene cultural production between geopoetics and geopolitics.Theory, Culture & Society,34(2-3), 147-168.


DeLoughrey E. M. (2019)Allegories of the Anthropocene. Durham: Duke University Press.


Sharpe C. (2016)In the wake: On blackness and being. Durham and London: Duke University Press.


Wang J. (2020) ‘Oceanic Feeling and Communist Affect’,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ma6y2IFDfUY


King T.L. (2019) The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies. Durham and London: Duke University Press. 




Previous reading group meetings:-


 29th April, 2021:- 


10am LONDON TIME time slot - Sheller M. (2020) Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the Anthropocene. Duke University Press. (Introduced by Kasia Mika). Introductory Chapter can be found here


5pm LONDON TIME time slot - Sheller M. (2020) Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the Anthropocene. Duke University Press. (Introduced by Mimi Sheller). Introductory Chapter can be found here



 27th May, 2021:-


10am LONDON TIME - Perez C.S. (2020) “The Ocean in Us”: Navigating the Blue Humanities and Diasporic Chamoru Poetry, Humanities 2020, 9, 66. doi:10.3390/h9030066 E-pub ahead of print https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0787/9/3/66 (Introduced by Craig Santos Perez ).


5pm LONDON TIME - Perez C.S. (2020) “The Ocean in Us”: Navigating the Blue Humanities and Diasporic Chamoru Poetry, Humanities 2020, 9, 66. doi:10.3390/h9030066 E-pub ahead of print https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0787/9/3/66 (Introduced by Jon Pugh).


24th June, 2021 


10am LONDON TIME - Hayward P. (2012) The constitution of assemblages and the aquapelagality of Haida Gwaii. Shima, 6(2), 1-8.  Available here (Introduced by Christian Depraetere).


5pm LONDON TIME - Hayward P. (2012) The constitution of assemblages and the aquapelagality of Haida Gwaii. Shima, 6(2), 1-8.  Available here (Introduced by Valérie Vezina).


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