Crows in the Innenhof

As my time in Munich is coming to an end I thought I’d share a few photos and an audio clip of the fantastic corvid activity in the courtyard behind the apartment we’ve been staying in. Almost every night a group of Carrion Crows roosts in the courtyard. The group can range from a handful…

Im/mortality and In/finitude in the Anthropocene

I’m very excited to announce a symposium to be held in Stockholm later this year: “Im/mortality and In/finitude in the Anthropocene: Perspectives from the Environmental Humanities.” The event is co-organised by Michelle Bastian (University of Edinburgh) and me and hosted by The Environmental Humanities Laboratory in the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment…

Fire and “politicising tragedy”

A few days ago Adam Bandt, the Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens, made a statement connecting the current bushfires in New South Wales with the government’s inaction on climate change. Immediately, critics pounced on the statement. Predictably, Greg Hunt, the Federal Environment Minister, accused Bandt of “politicising human tragedy” (link).

Reflection on the anthropocene

I recently wrote a short reflective piece on the anthropocene, prompted by an encounter with an albatross. “As we approached this beautiful Laysan albatross nesting on the north shore of the island of Kaua’i, he stood to greet us.* He may have been proud of his egg and wanting to show it to us, but…