An Anthropogenic Table of Elements – Society for Cultural Anthropology series

Timothy Neale (Deakin University), Thao Phan (Deakin University) and Courtney Addison (Victoria University of Wellington) have edited a collection titled An Anthropogenic Table of Elements as part of the Society for Cultural Anthropology’s ‘Theorizing the Contemporary’ series. Based in a collaboration that began with the Anthropocene Campus Melbourne in 2018, the collection is made of 15 short essays that ‘take an ironic stance towards the functionalism and naturalism of the chemical sciences, nominating materials, beings, forces, and other entities that are elemental to our present anthropogenic predicaments’. It includes contributions on mould, calcium carbonate, ice, seeds, strontium and more.

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