Journal of Ecohumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism <p>The <em><strong>Journal of Ecohumanism</strong></em> is an international peer-reviewed journal of scholars, researchers, and students who investigate ecohumanist and civil narratives in the fields of Environmental Humanities, Citizen Humanities, Literary Theory and Cultural Criticism, enabling short accounts of research, debates, study cases, book reviews in this interdisciplinary field of Humanities. The <strong><em>Journal of Ecohumanism</em></strong> seeks to explore issues beyond the “ecocentric-anthropocentric” binary and to examine the changing status of subjectivity, agency, and citizenship today through the complex relations between nature and techno-culture while encouraging a philosophical rethinking of citizenship in a more-than-human world.</p> <div><strong>ISSN</strong> 2752-6798 (Print) | <strong>ISSN</strong> 2752-6801 (Online)</div> <div><strong>FB page</strong>: [https://www.facebook.com/ecohumanismjournal/]</div> en-US <p>All rights reserved © 2021 Transnational Press London</p> journalofecohumanism@gmail.com (Editorial Team) admin@tplondon.com (Ecohumanism Admin) Sun, 23 Jan 2022 09:05:26 +0000 OJS 3.2.1.2 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Posthumanism or Ecohumanism? Environmental Studies in the Anthropocene https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/1743 <p><em>The paper discusses two of the currently most influential discourses in the environmental humanities, posthumanism and the Anthropocene, in the light of the concept of ‘ecohumanism’ suggested by the title of the present new journal. This concept resonates with the approach of a cultural ecology in literary studies and the environmental humanities, which takes an in-between stance between a radically ecocentric posthumanism and a narrowly anthropocentric humanism. The paper addresses four different domains in which such an ecologically redefined humanism can productively respond to some of the paradoxes and unresolved questions in current environmental studies: (1) the ambiguous role of science and the search for a valid basis of scholarly truth-claims; (2) the question of the subject, and of personal vs. impersonal agency; (3) the role of the archive and of the cultural past in Anthropocene thought and writing; and (4) the relation of the human and the non-human, and of the future of (eco-)humanism in the Anthropocene.</em></p> Hubert Zapf Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Ecohumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/1743 Sun, 23 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Bee and Tree Temporality in The History of Bees and The Overstory https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/1844 <p><em>The loss of biodiversity through a rapidly changing climate means humans can no longer assume their longevity on Earth; a crisis that has prompted a wave of literary imaginings. This article examines Maja Lunde’s The History of Bees (2015) and Richard Powers’ The Overstory (2018). Through comparing these authors’ contrasting treatment of temporality, I argue that both novels perform crucial cultural work in destabilising myopic perspectives on human and environmental paradigms and depict human and more-than-human experiences of time. My article investigates how extensive scales and multiple temporalities can be imagined in literature. By illustrating the complexity of scale and time, Lunde and Powers combat narrow, anthropocentric depictions of nature in favour of holistic, multi-faceted depictions of nature. Lunde’s and Powers’ treatment of time illuminates methods that diversify perspectives of human citizenship in, and relationship to, a more-than-human world. Through examining each narrative’s multi-layering of temporalities, this article explores how The History of Bees and The Overstory each capture the complexities of ecological life in an attempt to enlarge and redirect attention to both the minute and cosmological layers of time.</em></p> Caitlin Anderson Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Ecohumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/1844 Sun, 23 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Interstitial Spatiality and Subversive Sustainability https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/1841 <p><em>I apply political ecologist Ryan Galt’s concept of ‘subversive and interstitial food spaces’ (Galt et al., 2014, 133) to read Chinese American writer Ava Chin’s semi-autobiographical memoir, Eating Wildly (2014), and Chinese Canadian writer Rita Wong’s poem collection, forage (2007). Beyond offering a different cultural perspective, I argue that Chin’s and Wong’s urban foraging narratives can be read as transitioning from being interstitial to subversive in the North American context. I see urban spaces where plants are foraged but not normally considered to be cultivatable as interstitial. Analogously, I regard people situated between cultures or on the margins of dominant spaces due to their race or class as being in an interstitial position. Echoing ancient East Asian and specifically Chinese environmental thinking, which is relational, non-linear, and non-dichotomous, Chin’s and Wong’s foraging discourses in their poetic, eth(n)ic, and environmental complexities challenge dominant white foraging narratives and provide alternatives to mainstream environmental thinking. Both urban foraging experiences depicted in Eating Wildly and forage thrive from interstitial spatiality, yet they direct us toward subversive and sustainable foodways that promotes food justice and dismantles rural-urban, local-global, human-nature binaries. I will also highlight how the two authors differ in their foraging poetics and politics. </em></p> Yiyi He Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Ecohumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/1841 Sun, 23 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Constructing an Immanent Sublime: Ecosophical Aesthetics as “Ecstatic Truth” in Werner Herzog’s Lessons of Darkness (1992) https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/1735 <p><em>On its release in 1992, Werner Herzog’s quasi-documentary, Lessons of Darkness, was heavily criticised for ‘aestheticizing’ the ecological devastation of the First Gulf War by combining dream-like images of the Kuwaiti oil field fires with an overly romanticized soundtrack dominated by Wagner’s operas. Herzog’s response was that he was striving to move beyond what he calls ‘the accountant’s truth’ of Cinéma Vérité and achieve instead an ‘ecstatic truth,’ a term derived from Longinus which categorizes the sublime as a combination of immanent terror and delightful horror that strives not to persuade or educate the viewer but to entrance them, thereby attaining a higher form of truth, much like Nietzsche’s definition of art as ‘the highest power of falsehood,’ whereby ‘the will to deception is turned into a superior ideal.’ The essay then applies this form of ecstatic sublime to Félix Guattari’s ecosophical strategy, outlined in The Three Ecologies, where the usual dialectic between subject and object/nature, virtual and actual, fiction and documentary is dissolved in favour of nonhuman, interactive singularities, which act as a dynamic intersection for a series of autonomous vectors that radically transform ecology (and its associated activism) as we know it.</em></p> Colin Gardner Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Ecohumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/1735 Sun, 23 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0000 ‘They Carried the Land Itself’: Eco-Being, Eco-Trauma, and Eco-Recovery in Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/1904 <p><em>This essay calls for a wider use of Tina Amorok’s (2007) concepts of eco-Being, eco-trauma of Being, and eco-recovery of Being in ecocritical literary studies. I propose the adoption of Amorok’s concepts as a literary hermeneutic because it provides a theoretical model that positions ecological damage as central to wartime trauma. To demonstrate the effectiveness of Amorok’s framework, the following essay reads Tim O’Brien’s 1990 novel The Things They Carried alongside Amorok’s eco-Being, eco-trauma, and eco-recovery. Reading O’Brien’s text through Amorok’s model is particularly intriguing and noteworthy because almost no critics investigate the ecocritical dimensions of O’Brien’s novel. Yet, despite the absence of green scholarship surrounding O’Brien’s novel, Amorok’s framework, as I will show, draws attention to the environmental costs of war as depicted in O’Brien’s novel. Applying Amorok’s model as an ecocritical lens to The Things They Carried demonstrates how we can use Amorok’s tripartite structure to further unpack the ecological dimensions of fiction that seemingly have little to do with the environment. </em></p> James Cochran Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Ecohumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/1904 Sun, 23 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Editors' Note https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/2113 <p>Editors' Note</p> Peggy Karpouzou, Nikoleta Zampaki Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Ecohumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/2113 Sun, 23 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Richard Heinberg (2021) Power: Limits and Prospects for Human Survival https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/1784 <p>Book Review: Heinberg, Richard, (2021). Power: Limits and Prospects for Human Survival, New Society Press, 2021, 398 pages. US$22.99 ISBN 9781550927610</p> Martin Tweedale Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Ecohumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/1784 Sun, 23 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Timothy Morton (2021). All Art Is Ecological https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/2061 <p>Book review: Morton, T. (2021). All Art Is Ecological. Penguin Random House. ISBN: 978-0-1419-9700-1</p> Heidi Hart Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Ecohumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/2061 Sun, 23 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0000 Front Matter https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/2120 <p>Information about Journal of Ecohumanism&nbsp;</p> Journal of Ecohumanism Copyright (c) 2022 Journal of Ecohumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/ecohumanism/article/view/2120 Sun, 23 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0000