Chemical Showers: How Daily Routines Structure Our Exposures to Toxicants

By Rachael Wakefield-Rann, University of Technology Sydney § The choreography of daily life dictates how bodies are exposed to toxic chemicals. Since the 1950s, everyday consumer products from furniture, to electronics and cleaning products have become imbued with new classes of toxic chemicals. The unprecedented intimacy between industrial chemicals and human bodies in the domestic realm … More Chemical Showers: How Daily Routines Structure Our Exposures to Toxicants

Tracing Chemical Intimacies

By Sophia Jaworski (University of Toronto) A middle-aged woman in the Greater Toronto Area wears a charcoal mask in her bedroom to prevent asthma spurred by breathing in the circulation of floor varnish, cigarette smoke, and cleaning chemicals in an apartment building air vent. Needing to wear the mask is intimately tied to shortness of … More Tracing Chemical Intimacies

Presence to Influence: Examining the Politics of Representation in Global Environmental Governance

By: Kimberly Marion Suiseeya (Department of Political Science, Northwestern University)[1] Laura Zanotti (Department of Anthropology and Center for the Environment, Purdue University)[2] Kate Haapala (Department of Political Science, Purdue University) Sarah Huang (Department of Anthropology and Ecological Sciences and Engineering, Purdue University) Savannah Schulze (Department of Anthropology, Purdue University) Kate Yeater (Department of Anthropology, Purdue … More Presence to Influence: Examining the Politics of Representation in Global Environmental Governance

Call for Posts: Toxic Bodies

Epigenetics, developmental biology, and feminist science and technology studies teach us that organisms are not merely affected by their environment—they are co-constituted by it, in deep dialogue. What, then, does it mean to be human in the abundant presence of human-produced toxins? From Bisphenol A (BPA) to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to glyphosate and many more, … More Call for Posts: Toxic Bodies

Commentary: The Environmental Anthropology of Settler Colonialism, Part II

*A commentary on Part II of our Engagement thematic series, Life on the Frontier. By Clint Carroll, University of Colorado Boulder § Settler colonial studies offers a set of analytical tools that can help make sense of environmental practices and politics—and their resulting effects on people, other-than-human animals, and landscapes. Understanding the environmental impacts of settler colonialism, … More Commentary: The Environmental Anthropology of Settler Colonialism, Part II