Thursday, July 20, 2017


Environmental Humanities, vol. 6, 2015, pp. 159-165 
Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin

Donna Haraway
History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

the issues about naming relevant to the Anthropocene, Plantationocene, or Capitalocene have to do with... the effects of bioculturally, biotechnically, biopolitically, historically situated people (not Man) relative to, and combined with, the effects of other species assemblages and other biotic/abiotic forces...
No species, not even our own arrogant one pretending to be good individuals in so-called modern Western scripts, acts alone; assemblages of organic species and of abiotic actors make history, the evolutionary kind and the other kinds there an inflection point of consequence that changes the name of the “game” of life on earth for everybody and everything? 

It's more than climate change; it's also extraordinary burdens of toxic chemistry, mining, depletion of lakes and rivers under and above ground, ecosystem simplification, vast genocides of people and other critters, etc, etc, in systemically linked patterns that threaten major system collapse after major system collapse after major system collapse. Recursion can be a drag...we need a name for the dynamic ongoing sym-chthonic forces and powers of which people are a part, within which ongoingness is at stake.