Special Issue "Crisis, Dying, Apocalypse: Subjectivity, Progress, and Ecology in the Light of the Anthropocene"
A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 14557
Interests: early modern and contemporary European literature; history of subjectivity; environmental humanities; psychoanalytic criticism; gender studies and discourse theory
Interests: theories of subjectivity and subjectivation; critique and critical theory; environmental humanities; Theodor W Adorno; Gilles Deleuze; love; cynicism; autofiction; notions of evil
Interests: the relationship between literature, art, and media—from phonographs to digital networks—and approaches to media as ecologies and infrastructures in culture, society, and everyday life
If it wasn’t clear before, it is certainly evident today that the future of humankind is conditional. “Progress” has long been a contested term, but it has now become firmly associated with the road to devastation for humankind and many other species. Consequently, contemporary alarmism over global warming is certainly justified and called for, and yet there is something strange within such reactions. Didn’t we know, way back, that the technological development and the economic growth were unsustainable? Has it not been clear all along that civilisation as we know it will one day end? Or did we actually believe that all of this—piano sonatas, oil rigs, smartphones—would just continue forever?
It has been pointed out again and again lately that “apocalypse” means revelation. What is revealed then, is perhaps above all a tacit assumption of progress and eternal life. More precisely, there seems to have been a notion of the exceptionality of Western culture, a culture in which death has become almost an anomaly, where progress has made itself eternal.
The question is whether we have now reached the end of that illusion, the end of The End of History so to speak. Does climate change, and the pandemic, bring about a new understanding of death and “the end”? Or is it not new at all—after all, isn’t literary history full of strange cases of dying and of death as intertwined with life?
If this is a bleak picture, it may also be the case that climate change and the pandemic have brought about the possibility of rethinking some of the premises of the development that has brought us here. Is it perhaps possible to reread literary history to find paths not taken?
This Special Issue will be wide-ranging and open when it comes to historical boundaries and theoretical preferences. The common aspect is the ambition to uncover alternatives to the rationality, subjectivity, activity, and modernity that we are all products of, but that nonetheless are not natural, but rather products of history. We imagine a Special Issue consisting of a number of empirically well-informed readings, combined with theoretical discussions relating to the Anthropocene. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding this Special Issue.Prof. Carin Franzén
Prof. Sven Anders Johansson
Prof. Jesper Olsson
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- environmental humanities
- general ecology
- the end.