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Duke Events You Should Attend

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The Ecology and the Humanities Working Group presents:

“Ecology and the Consumer Trap”
with John Bellamy Foster (University of Oregon) and Brett Clark (North Carolina State University)

Thursday, April 22, 2010
5:30 PM

John Hope Franklin Center Room 240
Duke University Central Campus

A Q+A and reception will follow the talk.

John Bellamy Foster teaches in the Department of Sociology at the University of Oregon and is the author of Ecology Against Capitalism (2002), Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature (2000), and The Vulnerable Planet: A Short Economic History of the Environment (2000). He is one of the editors of Monthly Review (

Brett Clark is an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology at North Carolina State University and is the author (with John Bellamy Foster and Richard York) of The Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism Versus Creationism From Antiquity to the Present (2008) and, forthcoming, The Ecological Rift.

The Ecology and the Humanities Working Group has been sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute and is directed by the editors of Polygraph 22: “Ecology and Ideology.” This is our final event of the semester.

the triumphant return of culturemonkey

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As hinted earlier tonight in the post on the water crisis, I’ve put up a longish post on ecology over at culturemonkey. It’s the first of two or three posts on zizecology motivated (and excerpted from) one of the papers I wrote this semester.

I’ve tried to excise the more boring parts, but I can’t promise that the result won’t still be boring.

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June 6, 2008 at 6:51 am

Polygraph 22: Call for Papers

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Polygraph 22—Call for Papers

Special Issue: Ecology and Ideology

The contemporary moment abounds with speculation concerning our ecological future. Specialists in a variety of fields forecast immanent catastrophe, stemming from a combination of climate change, fossil-fuel depletion, and consumer waste. The recent bestowal of the Nobel Peace Prize on a group of scientists studying climate change indicates the degree to which "peace" has come to signify ecological balance; even the declaration by the Vatican of a new set of "7 Deadly Sins for the modern age" includes pollution in an attempt to grapple with the potential of individuals to inflict ecological damage on a global scale.

In the name of an impending crisis felt to be collectively shared, new political, cultural, and intellectual alignments are being forged, just as seismic shifts in the flow of global capital once again threaten to "redistribute" the world’s resources and people. Ecological crisis has become a 24/7 media event, canvassing the planet in the imagery and rhetoric of disaster. From the halls of research and policy to activist documentary and apocalyptic fantasy, at the news desk, podium, pulpit, classroom, and computer monitor alike, all channels are united by a single underlying conviction: the present ecological catastrophe has humanity as its cause.

Precisely because the answer seems so obvious, we want to know: why now? Where are the points of antagonism in the midst of such apparent consensus, and what is at stake in their difference?

The Polygraph Editorial Collective invites papers concerning any aspect of ecology’s relationship to ideology, both interrogating ecology as a location for critique of global capitalism and analyzing the ways in which ecology functions as an ideology in its own right.

Potential areas of interest include:

Political Ecology
Globalization and ecology
Marxism and ecology
"Environmental accounting" as a challenge to the free market
Ecology and capital / consumerism
Ecology as growth market

Peak oil and climate change
Biofuels and the food crisis
Overpopulation and Neo-Malthusianism
Ecology as a rhetoric of control
Figurations of eco-disaster in popular culture

Religion and Ecology
Green apocalypticism and green evangelism
Ecology and world religion

Ecology and gender
Recent articulations of eco-feminism
Eco- & transnational feminisms
Women’s work and the global chain of production
Agricultural work and reproduction

Ecologies against ecologies
"Light" vs. "dark green" environmentalism (i.e. deep ecology)
Primitivism and technofuturism
The status of international Green movements

Polygraph welcomes work from a variety of different disciplines, including critical geography, cultural anthropology, political economy, political theology, science studies, and systems theory. We also encourage the submission of a variety of formats and genres: i.e. field reports, surveys, interviews, photography, essays, etc.

December 31, 2008

Gerry Canavan
Lisa Klarr
Ryan Vu


This Week in the Eco-Apocalypse

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“We badly underestimated the degree of damages and the risks of climate change…All of the links in the chain are on average worse than we thought a couple of years ago.” Much more at MeFi.

Also in environmental linkage: Jeffrey Sachs has economics for a crowded planet at NPR, while Paul Greenberg unexpectedly beats me to the punch with a post on James Howard Kunstler and Ernest Callenbach’s Ecotopia, which I read on the plane to San Francisco and which figures importantly into a paper I sometimes imagine I’m working on on environmental Marxism and sustainability.

I should have a longish post on that topic at culturemonkey sometime in the next few weeks—definitely before June. I have two other papers to write first, which is exactly why I’m on the Internet at two in the morning doing none of them.

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April 19, 2008 at 5:34 am