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Introduction: Uncanny objects in the Anthropocene


Stark, H and Schlunke, K and Edmonds, P, Introduction: Uncanny objects in the Anthropocene, Australian Humanities Review, (63) pp. 22-30. ISSN 1325-8338 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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The Anthropocene has rendered the familiar strange and the strange familiar. As David Farrier suggests, ‘Surely the "sublime" is not the right way to characterise our visceral response to [the Anthropocene]. The "uncanny" might serve us better’ (np). The papers in this interdisciplinary collection consider what the era of the Anthropocene means for how we critically, artistically and affectively approach objects. In line with contemporary critical reevaluations of the liveliness of objects (Bennett, Vibrant; Brown), this collection brings together things which are dead and/or alive, human and/or nonhuman, sensate and/or insensate, fantastical and/or historical, natural and/or cultural, spectacular and/or mundane. These objects are here re-enlivened in order to expose alternative ways of knowing the past, understanding this anthropocentric present, and imagining the role of humans in shaping environmental futures. In this way, the collection interrogates present and future problems — species mass-extinction, climate change, anthropogenic environmental impact — in relation to how the past is re-imagined, interpreted, commemorated, subverted and displayed. The collection considers human history in relation to the deep histories of nonhuman time and the more-than-human effects that a human-centred approach have often ignored or hidden. We are interested not only in objects as products of the Anthropocene, but in how the Anthropocene uncanny invites us to re-consider histories and objects in new and unexpected ways.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Anthropocene, uncanny objects, introduction, interdisciplinary
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Postcolonial studies
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Stark, H (Associate Professor Hannah Stark)
UTAS Author:Schlunke, K (Associate Professor Katrina Schlunke)
UTAS Author:Edmonds, P (Associate Professor Penny Edmonds)
ID Code:127089
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-07-10
Last Modified:2019-12-03
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