Come along

We host a monthly reading group where we discuss new work in the Environmental Humanities. The group is cross-disciplinary (including geography, anthropology, philosophy, literary studies, and more), and readings are selected by different members each month.

We meet at the University of Edinburgh on the second Tuesday of the month, from 1.00pm - 2.00pm. New members are welcome – if you’d like to come along, please email for details of the current readings and venue.


  • Anthropocene
  • Deep Time
  • Ecocriticism
  • Multispecies
  • Capitalocene
  • Plantationocene
  • Cli Fi
  • Scale
  • Evolution
  • Viral Evolution
  • Postcolonial
  • Clocks
  • Geology
  • Materialism
  • Environmental Humanities

Our reading so far

April 2016 (suggested by Christos Galanis)

  • Jon T. Coleman, (2006) Vicious: Wolves and Men in America (Yale), Introduction & chapter 1

  •  March 2016 (suggested by David Farrier)

    • Anna Tsing, (2015) The Mushroom at the End of the World (Princeton), chapters 1-3

    • Michael Marder, (2016) The Chernobyl Herbarium (Open Humanities Press)

     February 2016 (suggested by Andrew Patrizio and Erin Despart):

    • Emily Apter, (2013) 'Planetary Dysphoria', Third Text 27.1

    • Nicholas Mirzoef, (2014), 'Visualising the Anthropocene', Public Culture 26.2

    December 2015 (suggested by Franklin Ginn):

    • R. Gifford (2012). "Viral evolution in deep time: lentiviruses and mammals". Trends in Genetics, 28:2.

    • R. Wallace et al. (2015) "Did Neoliberalizing West African Forests Produce a New Niche for Ebola?" International Journal of Health Services.

    • J. Zylinksa (2014). "Chapter 7: Ethics", in A Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press): 91-102

    November 2015 (suggested by Michelle Bastian):

    • Jane Bennett (2001), The Enchantment of Modern Life. Chapter 1.

    • Rochelle L. Johnson, '“This Enchantment Is No Delusion”: Henry David Thoreau, the New Materialisms, and Ineffable Materiality', ISLE 21.3 (2014): 607-635.

    October 2015 (suggested by Michelle Bastian and David Farrier)

    • Debroah Bird Rose, Thom Van Dooren, Matthew Chrulew, Stuart Cooke, Matthew Kearnes, and Emily O'Gorman, "Thinking Through the Environment, Unsettling the Humanities", Environmental Humanities 1.1 (2012): 1-5.

    • Astrida Neimanis, Cecilia Asberg, and Johan Hedren, "Four Problems, Four Directions for Environmental Humanities:Toward Critical Posthumanities for the Anthropocene", Ethics and the Environment 20.1 (Spring 2015): 67-97.

    June 2015 (suggested by Audra Mitchell)

    • Italo Calvino, Cosmicomics (1968)

    • Quentin Meillassoux (2008) After Finitude: An Essay on the Necessity of
      Contingency. Preface and Chapter 1.

    May 2015 (suggested by David Farrier)

    • Lewis, Simon L., and Mark A. Maslin. "Defining the Anthropocene." Nature 519.7542 (2015): 171-180.

    • Yusoff, Kathryn. "Geologic subjects: nonhuman origins, geomorphic aesthetics and the art of becoming inhuman." cultural geographies July 2015 vol. 22no. 3 383-407

    • Jonathan Franzen (2015) 'Carbon Capture' The New Yorker

    April 2015 (Spring Break)

    March 2015 (suggested by Michelle Bastian)

    • Nelson, R. A., et al. (2001). "The leap second: its history and possible future." Metrologia 38(6): 509-529.

    • Birth, K. K. (2011). "The Regular Sound of the Cock: Context-Dependent Time Reckoning in the Middle Ages." KronoScope 11(1-2): 125-144.

    • We also workshopped Michelle's paper 'Liberating Clocks: Rethinking the transformative potential of ‘clock time’

    February 2015 (suggested by Audra Mitchell)

    • Nixon, R. (2011). Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. Cambridge, MA. , Harvard University Press. Introduction
      film, Nostalgia for the Light

    January 2015 (suggested by Michelle Bastian)

    • Gunaratnam, Y. and N. Clark (2012). "Pre-Race Post-Race: Climate Change and Planetary Humanism." Dark Matter 9(1): Post-Racial Imaginaries.

    • Oliver Kellhammer 'Neo-Eocene' In Making the Geologic Now

    • Clark, N. (2008). "Aboriginal Cosmopolitanism." International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 32(3): 737-744.

    • Lloyd, G. (2014) Wild Australia: can the world's oldest plant be saved? The Australian

    December 2014 (suggested by Matthew Bampton)

    • Lenski, Richard E. "Evolution in action: a 50,000-generation salute to Charles Darwin." Microbe 6.616 (2011): 30-33.

    • Primo Levi. 1984. The Periodic Table. Schocken Books (Italian 1975: Il Sistema Periodico Einaudi): Carbon

    • Waters, Colin N., et al. "A stratigraphical basis for the Anthropocene?." Geological Society, London, Special Publications 395.1 (2014): 1-21.

    November 2014 (suggested by David Farrier)

    • Nadine Gordimer 'Loot' (2003)

    • Margaret Atwood 'Stone Mattresses' The New Yorker Fiction December 19, 2011 Vol. 87 Issue 41

    • JG Ballard 'The Day of Forever'

    • JG Ballard 'The Voices of Time'

    October 2014 (suggested by Angela McClanahan)

    • Irvine, R. (2014). "Deep time: an anthropological problem." Social Anthropology 22(2): 157-172.

    • Shannon Lee, D. (2010). "Clockpunk Anthropology and the Ruins of Modernity." Current Anthropology 51(6): 761-793.

    • Edgeworth, M. "Scale." The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Contemporary World. Oxford University Press, Oxford (2013).

    July - September 2014 (Summer Break)

    June 2014 (suggested by Franklin Ginn)

    • "Synchronous World" by Peter Sloterdijk (chapter 28 of 'In the world interior of capital')

    • Malm, A. and A. Hornborg (2014). "The geology of mankind? A critique of the Anthropocene narrative." The Anthropocene Review 1(1): 62-69.

    • "On some of the affects of capitalism" a recent lecture by Bruno Latour on the Anthropocene and capitalism

    • Oliver Goodhall and David Benqué "Ultra diamond / Super value" In Making the Geologic Now

    May 2014 (suggested by Jeremy Kidwell)

    • Etienne Turpin and Valeria Federigh 'A New Element, A New Force, A New Input: Antonio Stoppani's Anthropozoic' In Making the Geologic Now

    • Steven Collins(1992) "Nirvāṇa, Time, and Narrative” History of Religions 31, no. 3

    • Galen Strawson, "Against Narrativity” from In The Self? Edited by Galen Strawson. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub, 2005.

    April 2014 (suggested by Andrew Patrizio)

    • William E. Connolly 'Melancholia and Us' The Contemporary Condition

    • Jane Bennett 'Earthling, Now and Forever?' In Making the Geologic Now

    • Ilana Halperin 'Autobiographical Trace Fossils' In Making the Geologic Now

    March 2014 (suggested by Francoise Wemelsfelder)

    • Moore, L. J. and M. Kosut (2014). "Among the colony: Ethnographic fieldwork, urban bees and intraspecies mindfulness." Ethnography 15(4): 516-539.

    • Crist, E. (2004). "Can an Insect Speak?: The Case of the Honeybee Dance Language." Social Studies of Science 34(1): 7-43.

    • Leadbeater, E. and L. Chittka (2007). "Social Learning in Insects — From Miniature Brains to Consensus Building." Current Biology 17(16): R703-R713.

    February 2014 (suggested by Michelle Bastian)

    • Kohn, E. (2007). "How dogs dream: Amazonian natures and the politics of transspecies engagement." American Ethnologist 34(1): 3-24.

    • Bill Gilbert 'Modeling Collaborative Practices in the Anthropocene' In Making the Geologic Now

    January 2014 (suggested by David Farrier)

    • extract from Nan Shepherd's The Living Mountain

    • Don McKay 'Ediacaran and Anthropocene: Poetry as a Reader of Deep Time' In Making the Geologic Now

    December 2013

    • Ellsworth, E. and J. Kruse, Eds. (2012). Making the geologic now: Responses to material conditions of contemporary life. Brooklyn, NY, Punctum. Introduction