Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Final Reading List, Fall 2014 [Rd]

Things You Read this Semester: 

Week 1
  • Miller, Sarah. 'Prestige TV in the time of ClimateChange'. The New Yorker: June 25,2014
  • “weird, v.” Oxford English Dictionary. Online Edition.
  • Sloterdijk, Peter. 2013. ‘The Wandering Star’, ‘Return to Earth’, 'Globe Time, World Picture Time'. In the World Interior of Capital. Polity Press:  pp. 15-32

Week 2
  • Liao, S. Matthew, Anders Sandberg, and Rebecca Roache. "Human engineering and climate change." Ethics, Policy & Environment 15.2 (2012): 206-221.
  • Ferguson, Frances. 2014. ‘Climate Change and Us’. Diacritics, Vol. 41, No. 3: 33-37

Week 3
  • Hippocrates, 'Airs, Waters, Places'.
  • Montesquieu (1748) Book XIV. Of Laws in Relation to the Nature of the Climate
  • Siegel, James. 1981. ‘Academic Work: The View from Cornell. Diacritics, Vol. 11, No. 1: 58-83
  • Ingold, Tim. 2007. Earth, Sky, Wind, and Weather. The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 13, Wind, Life, Health: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives (2007), pp. S19-S38

Week 4
  • Hong, Cathy Park. 2012. 'The World Cloud'. Engine, Empire. W & W Norton and Company. pp. 65-93
  • Irvine, Richard. 2014. Deep Time: An Anthropological Problem. Social Anthropology. 22(2): 157-172
  • Kolbert, Elizabeth. 2014. ‘Welcome to the Anthropocene’. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. Henry Holt and Co: pp. 92-110 
  • Ialenti, Vincent. 2014. When Deep Time Becomes Shallow: Knowing Nuclear Waste Risk Ethnographically. Discard Studies.
  • Latour, Bruno. 2012. 'Love your Monsters'. Breakthrough Journal. Winter 2012

Week 5
  • Disruption. 2014. Directed by Kelly Nyks & Jared P. Scott
  • Ruidak-Gould, Peter. 2014. 'Climate Change and Accusation: Global Warming and Local Blame in a Small Island State.' Current Anthropology. 55(4): 365-385
  • Oreskes, Naomi and Erik M. Conway. 2013. The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future. Daedalus. 142(1)

Week 6
  • Douglas, Mary. 'Secular Defilement'. Purity and Ritual. Routledge Press.
  • Nagle, John. (2013). Good Pollution, 79 The University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue.
  • Mass v. EPA. 2007. 'Opinion of the Court'.
  • Obama, Barack. 2013. 'Remarks by the President on Climate Change'.

Week 7
  • Žižek, Slavoj. 2007. 'Introduction', 'Empty Gestures and Performatives', 'The Interpassive Subject'. How to Read Lacan. W.W. Norton and Company Press
  • Sloterdijk, Peter. 2013. 'Mutations in the Pampering Space'. In the World Interior of Capital. Polity Press
  • Berry, Wendell. 'Faustian Economics'. Harper's Magazine. May 2008
  • Princen, T. et al. 2013. 'Keep Them in the Ground: Ending the Fossil Fuel Era. State of the world 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?'. World watch Institute.
  • Chouinard, Yvon. 'The Education of a Reluctant Businessman'. University of California Santa Barbara Lecture.

Week 8
  • Department of Defense 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap
  • Cornell University's Climate Change Action Plan Update & Roadmap 2014-2015

Week 9
  • Beck, Ulrich. 'World Risk Society and Manufactured Uncertainties'. Iris. 2009
  • Evans-Pritchard, E. 'The Notion of Witchcraft Explains Unfortunate Events'. Witchcraft, Oracles, and Magic Among the Azande. Oxford Clarendon Press
  • Whorf, Benjamin Lee. Blazing Icicles. The Hartford Agent. 1941
  • Powers, Michael. 'False Choices and Black Boxes'. Ruminations on Risk and Insurance. 2012
  • ACE. Public/Educational Entity Pollution Liability Insurance

Week  10-11
  • Rich, Nathaniel. 2013. Odds Against Tomorrow. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York.

Week 12-13

  • Morton, Timothy. 2013. Hyperobjects. University of Minnesota Press. 

Monday, December 8, 2014


B46, McGraw Hall 

  • Monday --  2pm - 6 pm
  • Tuesday -- 11am - 2pm, or after by appointment (email me!)
  • Wednesday --  11am - 2pm, or after by appointment (email me!)


Thursday -- DUE by 11 am. 

Bring a printed copy of your final essay to my office in McGraw Hall before 11am on Thursday. I will be there from 8am to 11am. Late papers will not be accepted. 

If I lent you a book at some point over the semester, please kindly return it.  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014


The Ceataceocene is an informal geological term for the proposed epoch that began when whale activities had a significant global impact on Earth's ecosystems. 

Etymology:  modern Latin, <  cētus , < Greek κῆτος whale; see -acea suffix.

  With pl. concord. The order of marine Mammalia containing the whales and their congeners.

1830    C. Lyell Princ. Geol. I. 151   The bones of whales and other cetacea.
1833    C. Bell Hand (ed. 3) 110   In the Cetacea..we have mammalia unprovided with hind feet.
1865    P. H. Gosse Land & Sea (1874) 168   [Foraminifers and Diatoms] constitute the principal sustenance of the giant Cetacea.

Source: OED 20014