Deborah Bird Rose, Thom van Dooren, and Matthew Chrulew - Extinction Studies - Saturday 3rd June

Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death and Generations

To be launched by Ross Gibson, Centenary Professor in Creative & Cultural Research at University of Canberra

Chaired by Jane Ulman

Extinction Studies asks what extinction focuses on the entangled ecological and social dimensions of extinction, exploring the ways in which extinction catastrophically interrupts life-giving processes of time, death, and generations. The volume opens up important philosophical questions about our place in, and obligations to, a more-than-human world. Drawing on fieldwork, philosophy, literature, history, and a range of other perspectives, each of the chapters in this book tells a unique extinction story that explores what extinction is, what it means, why it matters—and to whom.  BUY THE BOOK

"Extinction Studies collects haunting and haunted multivoiced stories that echo together in a vibrant plea for an ethic of care, lucidity, and obstinate, stammering hope. We need such stories to make us feel and think with the unraveling of a world we inherit and share together with innumerable entangled forms and ways of life. We need them also to repopulate our devastated imaginations and to help us escape the twin easy temptations of nihilist despair and blind confidence." - Isabelle Stengers, author of Cosmopolitics 

"Human-caused extinction challenges our own survival—but also our compassion and our ability to tell stories adequate to shifting configurations of 'us' and 'them.' This volume gathers seven fine storytellers who show us what it means to lose or save another animal species in an era of rapid extinctions. These are tales of passion, time, conflict, learning, slaughter, imprisonment, and prayer. Drawing upon their common membership in an interdisciplinary and international working group on extinction studies, the authors show the potential of the environmental humanities to address one of the major crises of our moment in history." - Anna Tsing, author of Friction


Date and time: Saturday 3rd June, 3.30 for 4pm

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