On settler colonialism as/and the anthropocene: Affrica Taylor, Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Sandrina de Finney, Mindy Blaise,’Inheriting the Ecological Legacies of Settler Colonialism’, Environmental Humanities, 7, 2015, pp. 129-132
Excerpt: The authors of these three essays ponder the question of ecological inheritance in the settler colonial contexts of Canada and Australia, cognisant of the fact that settler colonialism remains an incomplete project. Nothing is finally settled. Moreover, they start from the premise that the ecological legacies of the western colonial enterprise of early modernity closely articulate with the anthropogenic disturbances to the earth’s geo-biosphere that we are now confronting in late modernity, and which is increasingly referred to as the Anthropocene. Like previous Environmental Humanities contributors, the authors in this special section engage with the Anthropocene in ways that are attuned to the limits and problematics of its nomenclature, resist the impulse to indulge in heroic anthropocentric responses, and are motivated by the possibilities of exploring new and generative ethical responses and fostering reparative cosmopolitical relations.
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