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Posthumanist Imaginaries
University of Sydney, Australia.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (The Posthumanities Hub)
La Trobe University, Australia.
2016 (English)In: Research handbook on climate governance / [ed] Karin Bäckstrand, Eva Lövbrand, Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016, 1, 480-490 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter proposes that climate imaginaries are a vital part of governance. In the particular context of the Anthropocene, there is a need to consider the kinds of orientations that an Anthropocene climate imaginary evokes, while also seeking out "alter-Anthropocene" imaginaries -- visions and practices that we might cultivate as engines of possibility for climate governance and beyond. To explore such alternatives, we use illustrations taken from climate art, supported by cultural theory emerging from critical feminist posthumanities. While feminist posthumanism is not typically connected to work on climate governance, we aver that its attention to the power of imaginaries to shape actions, as well as its focus on creative responses to worldly problems that are “more-than-human” in nature, present an important opportunity to address difficult-to-measure dimensions of climate governance: namely, the ability to reimagine ways of getting on in a world where humans are not the only bodies that matter, and where both humans and non-human bodies (including other species, elements, and geophysical forces) are entangled in the exigencies of climate change.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016, 1. 480-490 p.
, Edward Elgar Research Handbooks
Keyword [en]
environmental imaginary, anthropocene, posthumanist imaginary
National Category
Cultural Studies Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Gender Studies Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-118312ISBN: 9781783470594OAI: diva2:814419
Seed Box: An Environmental Humanities Collaboratory (MISTRA-Formas Research Programme in Environmental Humanities)The Posthumanities Hub
Swedish Research Council FormasMistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research

This research handbook is published fall 2015.

Available from: 2015-05-26 Created: 2015-05-26 Last updated: 2015-11-27

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