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Troubling the Anthropocene: Donna Haraway, science fiction, and arts of un/naming

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posted on 2020-11-26, 02:27 authored by Noel GoughNoel Gough, Chessa Adsit-Morris
© 2019 SAGE Publications. This article takes Donna Haraway’s Staying With the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene as a point of departure for troubling the largely uncontested acceptance of the Anthropocene as a matter of scientific “fact.” Our approach is informed by our methodological commitments to understanding writing as a mode of inquiry and our preference for diffraction (rather than reflection) in conceptualizing practices of reading and critique. The article is therefore organized around questions that Haraway’s text provokes, and our responses to them. We draw on various sources, including selected science fiction (SF) texts, to trouble practices of naming geological epochs and also to trouble some of the assumptions that Haraway makes in offering “Chthulucene” as an alternative name for our present epoch.

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Publication Date

2019-01-01

Journal

Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies

Volume

20

Issue

3

Article Number

UNSP 1532708619883311

Pagination

p213-224 (12p.)

Publisher

SAGE

ISSN

1532-7086

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