I wish I’d seen this before writing my last article The Anthropocene: 10 000 years of ecocide.

The Ecological Humanities is an Australian journal/resource info website inspired by the work of the late Val Plumwood, a leader in ecofeminist thought. They had a special issue of Writing in the Anthropocene here in 2009,

Introduction: Writing in the Anthropocene

This issue of Ecological Humanities was dedicated to a topic inspired by Val Plumwood:

Thinking about writing for the Anthropocene’

In the last article she wrote before her death, Plumwood spoke passionately about the role of writers in our current time of crisis. She called for poets and other writers to join in a rethinking that

‘has the courage to question our most basic cultural narratives’. In particular, she called for writing that is ‘open to experiences of nature as powerful, agentic and creative, making space in our culture for an animating sensibility and vocabulary’.

This, she says, is a major task facing the humanities today (‘Nature in the Active Voice’, Australian Humanities Review 46).

The articles in the 2009 issue of Ecological Humanities explore the role and dimensions of writing in this time of environmental change. They sought out the kinds of writing capable of shaking up our culture, and awakening us to new and more enlivened understandings of the world, our place in it, and the situated connectivities that bind us into multi-species communities.

The ‘Ecological Humanities’ is situated within Australia’s oldest and most prestigious on-line humanities journal: the Australian Humanities Review. It was launched in 2004 to provide a publication dedicated to the ecological humanities. More information and advice to contributors is available here.

4 thoughts on “Writing in the Anthropocene and the ecological humanities journal

  1. The core of my belief system is that (if we want to survive) we must join our humanities with our fact-based science. Otherwise, we end up with “the Borg” or with impossible flights of fantastical belief in power that is not available within the reality of the ecosystem. I just posted on this yesterday in Right, Left or Wrong. http://factfictionfancy.wordpress.org. Yours is the only web site I have seen that seems to espouse this goal.


    • Thank you mllamoreux,

      I’m might have a head start in this respect, I spent 10 years in research microbiology before going to art college. Wouldn’t say that learning two ‘languages’ has been easy but yes, its essential for our changed world to have much more joined up thinking. A good book to look at, is the technofix, see http://www.technofix.org about why technology won’t save us or the planet… it has a lot of interesting and up-to-date ideas for this area.


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