Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club #28 – Ecological Grief- Hope in (Hi)stories

practicing worldviews reading together stories “of encounters between humans, plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and soils.

Today, borderless fires are asphyxiating our hopes. In the first session of 2020, the Reading Club becomes our ritual to hold and share our feelings of loss. Let’s continue practicing worldviews reading together stories “of encounters between humans, plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and soils.” Finally we have the courage to flip to the ‘Ghosts of the Anthropocene’ side of the ‘Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet‘ anthology, which is asking: “What kinds of human disturbances can life on Earth bear?”2 “We must share space with the ghostly contours of a stone, the radioactivity of a fingerprint, the eggs of a horseshoe crab, a wild bat pollinator, an absent wildflower in a meadow, a lichen on a tombstone […]. It is these shared spaces, or what we call haunted landscapes, that relentlessly trouble the narratives of Progress, and urges us to radically imagine worlds that are possible because they are already here.”2 — In ‘Between Us and Nature – A Reading Club’ we read texts together related to natural sciences, art, anthropology, postcolonialism, and (post)anthropocene, chosen from a female perspective looking beyond disciplines.

Hosts:​ Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, artist, and Sina Ribak, researcher for ecologies & the arts

1) Andrew S. Mathews ‘Ghostly Forms and Forest Histories’ IN: Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet – Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene, Anna Tsing, Heather Swanson, Elaine Gan, Nils Bubandt (Eds.), 2017, University of Minnesota Press.

2) Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet – Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene, Anna Tsing, Heather Swanson, Elaine Gan, Nils Bubandt (Eds.), 2017, University of Minnesota Press.