My review of Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire

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Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views
on Environmental History, James Beattie, Edward Melillo,
and Emily O’Gorman (eds.), (New York: Bloomsbury, 2015).
Environmental History 21 (2016). May 1.
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May 2, 2016 at 9:06 am Leave a comment

Art in the Anthropocene

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“Art in the Anthropocene,” in Jan Freuchen: Columna Translantica, (Oslo: Press, 2015), 112-121.

Global warming is now at the forefront of public debate, along with a host of related environmental concerns. Indeed, humans are changing the face of the earth so dramatically that geologists use the word “anthropocene” to describe a new planetary epoch formed by human impact. Artists have increasingly begun reflecting on how to engage in the climate debates about the degradation of our shared environment. Jan Freuchen’s Columna Transatlantica may belong within this new school of environmental art.

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April 6, 2016 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

A pioneer country? A history of Norwegian climate politics

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A pioneer country? A history of Norwegian climate politicsClimatic Change, (March 2016), 1-13.

The shift away from ecology towards climatology in Norwegian environmental policy in the late 1980s and 1990s was not accidental. A main mover was the Labor Party politician Gro Harlem Brundtland who did not want to deal with unruly and highly vocal Deep Ecologists. Better then to start afresh with a different set of environmental scholars appealing to the technocratic tradition within the Labor Party. Instead of changing the ethical and social ways of dealing with environmental problems as the Deep Ecologists were advocating, she was looking for technological and economic solutions. And she mobilized an international regime of carbon capture storage (CCS), tradable carbon emissions quota (TEQs), and clean development mechanisms (CDMs), all of which eventually were approved in Kyoto in 1997. This move towards technocracy and cost-benefit economics reflects a post-Cold War turn towards utilitarian capitalism, but also a longing to showcase Norway as an environmental pioneer country to the world. The underlying question was how to reconcile the nation’s booming petroleum industry with reduction in climate gas emissions. Should the oil and gas stay underground and the country strive towards the ecologically informed zerogrowth society the Deep Ecologists were envisioning? Or could growth in the petroleum industry take place without harming the environment as the Labor Party environmentalists argued?

April 4, 2016 at 3:43 pm Leave a comment

TechStyles: The Gallatin Fashion Show

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TechStyles: The Gallatin Fashion Show will offer an examination of how fashion is inspired by science and technology, with sixteen collections from Gallatin students and alumni. TechStyles: The Gallatin Fashion Show will feature looks that take some heat from Steampunk, find God in the machine, suit up for Utopia, as well as offering meditations on stardust and bioluminescence and other phenomenon of the natural world. Q&A: Colby Jordan and Peder Anker.

Mar. 3 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts | Gallatin School of Individualized Study, 1 Washington Place, New York.

February 23, 2016 at 5:42 pm Leave a comment

Closed Worlds: Encounters That Never Happened

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Closed Worlds: Encounters That Never Happened

The image of Earth from outer space was highly anticipated throughout the 1960s, and inspired a great deal of wonder in the general population. This iconic image reached the apex of its symbolism in 1968, through the famous Earthrise series taken by Apollo 8. Portraying mankind entrapped in the finite space of a sphere, the image of Earth as perceived from space may be accountable, in part, for a feeling of anxiety in our collective cultural imagination. It resulted in the development of broad literature that projected plans for our future survival within what Buckminster Fuller famously called our ‘spaceship earth’. Reyner Banham, with an environmental bubble; Hans Hollein, with a pill illustrating that “all is architecture”; Jacques Cousteau, with the Conshelf project that explored the inner space of the ocean; and Walt Disney, with EPCOT as a reconstruction of a miniaturized and idealized world, among others, have contributed substantially and in various ways to the discourse of closed worlds.

Feb 27th 12-6 pm, The Cooper Union. Encounters That Never Happened is presented in conjunction with Closed Worlds, an exhibition on view at Storefront for Art and Architecture.

 

February 23, 2016 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

The Black Power Mixtape

 

The Black Power Mixtape Screening

Screening of the 2011 documentary The Black Power Mixtape, directed by Goran Olsson, that examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in American society from 1967 to 1975. The screening will be followed by a talk back and Q & A, hosted by Gallatin Associate Faculty Rahul Hamid, Associate Professor Peder Anker, and visiting Assistant Professor Laurie Woodard.

Feb 24, 2016 | 5:30 PM-8:30 PM, The Jerry H. Labowitz Theater for the Performing Arts, Gallatin School for Individualized Study, 1 Washington Place, New York.

February 23, 2016 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

Envision: Nature and Design

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ENVISION: Nature and Design, sponsored by Global Design NYU, creates an exciting dialogue with many disparate and active researchers within the Gallatin community, as we look to broaden the horizons on the meanings of Nature and Design.

The event is a structured presentation format where presenters show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically to coordinate with the speaker, creating a fast-paced and lively environment for showcasing current work. Powered by PechaKucha.

With Jack Richards, Jack Tchen, Katherine O’Kelly, Carly A Krakow, Matt Stanley, Marie Cruz Soto, Lauren M Walsh, Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Fran White, Leila Buck, Judith Sloan, Piper Anderson, Frederic Clark, Carter Bird, and Karen Holmberg. Organized by Peder Anker, Mitchell Joachim and Louise Harpman.

 

February 9, 2016 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

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