Laws and the Humanities for the Anthropocene Reading Group


ANTHROPOCENE READING GROUP

We invite you to join an interdisciplinary, cross-institutional reading group, focused on encounters between laws and different scholarly traditions in the context of the Anthropocene. In 2021, we are exploring texts that engage with ‘the inhuman in the humanities’. We are examining the ontological categorisation of matter central to modern law, the co-constitution of materiality and subjectivity, and the role of the inhuman in the humanities.

The group is co-convened by Kathleen Birrell and Tim Lindgren. We meet fortnightly, with online and in person options. The reading schedule and library links are available below. If you are unable to access library texts and for all non-library texts, please email Tim Lindgren.

To RSVP, or to be added to the email list please email Kathleen Birrell. Please specify preference for online/in person participation.

We are associated with and share common intellectual and activist pursuits with the Environmental Arts and Humanities (EAH) Network, which is a part of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.

Berndnaut Smilde
Nimbus D'Aspremont 2012
photo: Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk


Reading Schedule


Semester 1, 2021

  • Wednesday17 March2021

    • Elizabeth Grosz, Kathryn Yusoff, Nigel Clark, “An Interview with Elizabeth Grosz: Geopower, Inhumanism and the Biopolitical” (2017) 34(2-3) Theory, Culture & Society 129-146.

    • RSVP to Connor Foley to access the reading.

  • Wednesday31 March2021

    • Elizabeth Povinelli, “Can Rocks Die?  Life and Death Inside the Carbon Imaginary” in Elizabeth Povinelli, Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism (2016) 30-56.

    • RSVP to Connor Foley to access the reading.

  • Wednesday14 April2021

    • Elizabeth A Povinelli, Mathew Coleman, Kathryn Yusoff, “An Interview with Elizabeth Povinelli: Geontopower, Biopolitics and the Anthropocene” (2017) 34(2-3) Theory, Culture & Society 169-185.

    • RSVP to Connor Foley to access the reading.

  • Wednesday28 April2021

  • Wednesday12 May 2021

    • Craig N Cipolla, “Earth Flows and Lively Stone: What Differences does ‘Vibrant’ Matter Make?” (2018) 25(1) Archaeological Dialogues 49-70.

    • RSVP to Connor Foley to access the reading.

  • Wednesday26 May2021

    • Mark Jackson, “For New Ecologies of Thought” in Mark Jackson (ed), Coloniality, Ontology, and the Question of the Posthuman (2018) 19-38.

    • Available through the library here.

  • Wednesday9 June2021

    • Mark Jackson, “For New Ecologies of Thought” in Mark Jackson (ed), Coloniality, Ontology, and the Question of the Posthuman (2018) 38-56.

    • Available through the library here.

  • Wednesday23 June2021


Semester 2, 2021

  • Wednesday11 August2021

    • Kathryn Yusoff, “Insurgent Geology: A Billion Black Anthropocenes Now” and “Writing a Geology for the Storm Next Time” in Kathryn Yusoff, A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None (2018) 87-101 and 103-108.

    • Available through the library here.

  • Wednesday25 August2021

    • Maria de Lourdes Melo Zurita, “Challenging sub terra nullius: a critical underground urbanism project” (2020) 51(3) Australian Geographer 269-282.

    • RSVP to Connor Foley to access the reading.

  • Wednesday8 Sept2021

    • Zoe Todd, “Refracting Colonialism in Canada: Fish Tales, Text, and Insistent Public Grief” in Mark Jackson (ed), Coloniality, Ontology, and the Question of the Posthuman (2018) 131-146.

    • Available through the library here.

  • Wednesday22 Sept2021

    • Virginia Marshall, “Removing the Veil from the ‘Rights of Nature’: The Dichotomy between First Nations Customary Rights and Environmental Legal Personhood” (2020) Australian Feminist Law Journal DOI: 10.1080/13200968.2019.1802154.

    • RSVP to Connor Foley to access the reading.

  • Wednesday6 Oct2021

    • Arturo Escobar, “The Earth-Form of Life: Nasa Thought and the Limits to the Episteme of Modernity” in Arturo Escobar, Pluriversal Politics: The Real and the Possible (2020) 46-66.

    • Available through the library here.

  • Wednesday20 Oct2021

    • Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, “Nishnaabeg Internationalism” in Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance (2017) 55-70.

    • Available through the library here.

  • Wednesday3 Nov2021

    • Cait Storr, “Space is the Only Way to Go: The Evolution of the Extractivist Imaginary of International Law” in Sundhya Pahuja and Shane Chalmers (eds), Routledge Handbook of International Law and the Humanities (2021).

    • Access to this item will be available soon.

Past Reading Schedules


Dr Kathleen Birrell

McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow

Melbourne Law School