The Knot of Ecological Time: An Outlet, an Election, and an Irrigation Office

By Maira Hayat, Stanford University § In 2015, local elections were held in Pakistan, ten years after the previous ones in 2005 during General Pervez Musharraf’s military rule. Local government elections have long been associated in Pakistan with military rule. For instance, attempts at “controlled democracy” such as General Ayub Khan’s, ushered in by the […]

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Land, Life, and Water: Tending to the Landscape of Southern Louisiana

By Hannah Eisler Burnett, University of Chicago § This is a photo essay about the way people cultivate visions of speculative territory and historical landscapes. But in southern Louisiana, if you want to get to the land, you first have to get through the water. In autumn of 2018, the breeze was humid and thick. […]

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“Ain’t No Future in Your Future”: Temporalities of Recovery and Resilience in Flint, Michigan

By Talia Gordon, University of Chicago § A future full of possibilities starts by drinking pure quality water – Nestlé “Pure Life®” Bottled Water In October 2018, Mayor Karen Weaver delivered her third State of the City Address to a public audience scattered among the rows of the recently refurbished Capitol Theater in downtown Flint. […]

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Things That Are Not Alive, but Which May Be Alive in a Certain Way: An Interdisciplinary Essay on a Relational Theory of Life

By Meredith Root-Bernstein, AgroParisTech, INRA § This blog post is adapted from a paper given at “Anthropology Off Earth,” Collège de France and l’Observatoire de Paris, 4-5 June 2019 “What is life?” is a foundational question for both biology and anthropology. It seems unavoidable if we want to ask how life emerged on Earth, what […]

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Grounds for Climate Change Mitigation in South Korea’s Tidal Mudflats

By Gebby Keny, Rice University § Blue Carbon “The trick is to step with your right foot before your left foot touches the ground.” Offered with a knowing smile and scalding-hot bowl of blended mudskipper soup, this seasoned mudflat fisherman’s advice would prove vital as my fellow tidal mudflat ecology researchers and I ventured out […]

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Decolonizing Extinction: An Interview with Juno Salazar Parreñas

Decolonizing Extinction: The Work of Care in Orangutan Rehabilitation By Juno Salazar Parreñas, The Ohio State University 288pp. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. § Colin Hoag spoke with Prof. Juno Salazar Parreñas about her recent book on the orangutan rehabilitation in Malaysia.     For Engagement readers who have not yet read your book, could […]

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