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.
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
12:26 – The phrase “Matter out of place” comes from anthropologist Mary Douglas’ 1966 book “Purity and Danger”
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.
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.
1:30:07 – 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.