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On Active Grounds - Agency and Time in the Environmental Humanities

On Active Grounds

Agency and Time in the Environmental Humanities

Edited by Robert Boschman and Mario Trono
Subjects Cultural Studies, Film & Media, Indigenous Studies, Environmental Studies
Series Environmental Humanities Hide Details
Paperback : 9781771123396, 296 pages, March 2019

Table of contents

Table of Contents


List of Figures, Photographs, and Tables

Foreword | Steven Hartman

Introduction: Agency, Time, and the Environmental Humanities | Mario Trono and Robert Boschman

I. Eco-Temporal Literacies

1 “The clock’s wound up”: Critical Reading Practices in the Time of Social Acceleration and Ecological Collapse | Paul Huebener

2 Shrinking Response Times: Ecocinematic Viewing and Montagist Reply | Mario Trono

3 “Allô, ici la terre”: Four Case Studies of Ecological Music Composition, Performance, and Listening | Sabine Feisst

4 The Environmental Vampire: Terror, Time, and Territory after 9/11 | Robert Boschman

II. Timelines and Indigeneity

5 Colorful Chicken Dance at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump? | Geneviève Susemihl

6 Mapping a Bleak Future: The Mining Legacy of Navajo Nation | Lea Rekow

III. Animal Agents

7 The Gaze of Predators, Fleshly Worlds, and the Redefinition of the Human | Karla Armbruster

8 Anim-oils: Wild Animals in Petro-Cultural Landscapes | Pamela Banting

9 Reacting to Wolves: The Construction of Identity and Value | Morgan Zedalis and Sean Gould

Active Grounds: With Bruno Latour in the Alberta Badlands (Photo Album) | Robert Boschman

IV. History, Missteps, Revival

10 Failure to Connect: How Earth First! Damaged Environmentalism, 1980–1992 | Emily Swanson

11 Sustainable Economy and Value Creation: Environmental Ethics and the Conservative Tradition | Mishka Lysack

V. Present and Future Purposes

12 Culture as Vector: Agency for Social-Ecological Systems Change | Nancy Doubleday

13 Building Canada’s Renewable Energy Economy: Best Practices from the German Energiewende | Mishka Lysack

14 Declarations of Interdependence | Randy Schroeder and Kent Schroeder



Karla Armbruster, Webster University, Louis, MO

Pamela Banting, University of Calgary, AB

Robert Boschman, Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB

Nancy C. Doubleday, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Sabine Feisst, Arizona State University

Sean Gould, Idaho

Steven Hartman, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, SWE

Paul Huebener, Athabasca University, AB

Mishka Lysack, University of Calgary, AB

Lea Rekow, Green My Favela, Rio de Janeiro

Kent Schroeder, Humber College, Toronto, ON

Randy Schroeder, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB

Geneviève Susemihl, University of Kiel, Germany

Emily Swanson, Anoka Technical College, MN

Mario Trono, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB

Morgan Zedalis, McCall, Idaho


On Active Grounds considers the themes of agency and time through the burgeoning, interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities. Fourteen essays and a photo album cover topics such as environmental practices and history, temporal literacy, graphic novels, ecocinema, ecomusicology, animal studies, Indigeneity, wolf reintroduction, environmental history, green conservatism, and social-ecological systems change. The book also speaks to the growing concern regarding environmental issues in the aftermath of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) and the election of Donald Trump in the United States. This collection is organized as a written and visual appeal to issues such as time (how much is left?) and agency (who is active? what can be done? what does and does not work?). It describes problems and suggests solutions. On Active Grounds is unique in its explicit and twinned emphasis on time and agency in the context of the Environmental Humanities and a requisite interdisciplinarity.