Committee on Environment, Geography and Urbanization

Division of Social Sciences, The University of Chicago

November 9, 2022

Reading List: Contemporary Environmental Crises

CEGU hosted its first panel of the year on October 20th, with CEGU faculty members Alexander Arroyo, Sarah Fredericks, Amir Jina, Sarah Newman, and Jennifer Scappettone discussing the role their research plays in the study of environmental crises. If you remain curious about the material discussed, or didn’t get a chance to view it live, this reading list compiles the information cited by the panelists to enrich your understanding of the discussion.

2:43 – Sarah Newman is the author of upcoming book Unmaking Waste: New Histories of Old Things (University of Chicago Press, 2023) and cofounder of the Invisible Landscapes research project.

3:35 – Alexander Arroyo is the co-author of Ecologies of Power (MIT Press, 2016), co-written with  Pierre Bélanger, and Associate Director of the Urban Theory Lab.

4:19 – Amir Jina most recently published “Up in smoke: California’s greenhouse gas reductions could be wiped out by 2020 wildfires” in Environmental Pollution and “Valuing the Global Mortality Consequences of Climate Change Accounting for Adaptation Costs and Benefits” in the Quarterly Journal of Economics

5:03 – Jennifer Scappettone is the author of Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (Columbia Press, 2014).

12:26 – The phrase “Matter out of place” comes from anthropologist Mary Douglas’ 1966 book “Purity and Danger”

13:20 – Prof. Newman contributed to the paper “Assembling Petra’s Rural Landscapes,” published in Antiquity in 2020

18:30 – Leslie Scalapino (1944-2010) was an American poet who founded the independent publisher O Books and taught at Bard College.

23:33 – Roland Barthes (1915-1980) was a French essayist and literary theorist whose 1980 book Camera Lucida investigates the effects of photographs on the viewer.

26:15 – Diego Rivera (1886-1957) was a Mexican painter, whose “Detroit Industry Murals” were painted in 1932 for the Detroit Institute of Arts amid labor unrest in the city.

26:40 – “Henry Ford Hospital, 1932” is a painting by Frida Kahlo depicting her miscarriage with Detroit and Henry Ford in the background.

40:10 – Sarah Fredericks is the author of Measuring and Evaluating Sustainability (Routledge, 2015) and Environmental Guilt and Shame (Oxford University Press, 2021)

1:17:06“Loss and damage” is a phrase referring to climate-related harm that has appeared in some climate change goal documents as a category separate from the more traditional areas of adaptation and mitigation.

1:26:37 – Stuart Hall (1932-2014) was a British sociologist who focused on race and gender in studies of culture.

1:29:00The Violence of Climate Change is a book by Kevin J. O’Brien of Pacific Lutheran University, published in 2017 by Georgetown University Press

1:30:07 – Kyle Powys Whyte is an Indigenous philosopher and climate change scholar, whose 2017 paper “Is it Colonial DéJà Vu? Indigenous Peoples and Climate Injustice” compares the history of settler colonialism with the present and future of climate change.