New Publication: Антропоцен исчерпан: три возможные концовки (Anthropocene, Exhausted: Three Possible Endings)

The Russian publication New Literary Review (Новое литературное обозрение) recently published issue 159, which grew out of a conference on science and technology hosted by the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences on the campus of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in April, 2018. The event included a number of incredibly exciting presentations by scholars working on Meillassoux, Simondon, Machines, the Human-Animal, and labor.

The issue further expands on these themes, including important works such as a translation of Félix Guattari’s essential essay on machine and structure, complemented with new themes such as a section on Game Studies.

My own contribution is an essay on Anthropocene discourse titled “Anthropocene, Exhausted: Three Possible Endings” (Антропоцен исчерпан: три возможные концовки)

While the body of the essay is in Russian (and thank you to both Armen and Denis for their translation work, in addition to kudos on their own excellent contributions in the issue), an English abstract available:

In this essay, Andrew Culp asks “What if The Anthropocene is actually a failed pitch for a film?” This leads him to consider the vertical perspective of The Anthropocene associated with recent environmental thinking. This line of thought takes him back to early discourses of the human, the current visuality of the cosmic zoom seen in space photography of the earth, and their recent deployment to spur environmental change. He finds the much-touted newness of the discourse is already ubiquitous in contemporary film and military technology. Then the essay proposes three alternate endings of The Anthropocene, each drawing on a different mythological figure: Gaia, Prometheus, and Medea.

While the English version of the essay is not currently available, as I am currently looking for a venue, there are videos online of various versions of the talk on which the paper is based.

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