CSC Reading Group

Join postdoctoral fellows Zoë Heyn-Jones and Amanda White for a series of virtual meetings over the coming year as we discuss books on our research reading lists.

The CSC has up to eight copies of each book to distribute to anyone who wants a copy.

For the fall term, we welcome those interested and invite you to join us for a casual discussion of either or both of the following books: 

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DATE: THURSDAY NOVEMBER 04 , 2021, at 2-3:30pm: Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown (2017)

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)’s recent report was released in early August 2021 amid deadly extreme heat waves, drought, flooding and unprecedented wildfires. The IPCC report has been called a ‘code red’ for humanity, leaving many of us to ask what can we do? in the wake of the acceleration of the climate crisis. 

In September and October, we will be reading Emergent Strategy as the inaugural book in our reading series, informed by the urgency of our current moment. 

From AK Press:

Inspired by Octavia Butler’s explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book invites us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. This is a resolutely materialist “spirituality” based equally on science and science fiction, a visionary incantation to transform that which ultimately transforms us.”

DATE: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 02, 2021 at 2-3:30pm: A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None by Kathryn Yusoff (2019)

In November and December we will read and discuss A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None, a concise but substantial text; one that engages with geologic time by connecting it to struggles for equity and justice, offering a necessary perspective and challenging contemporary conversations about the Anthropocene.

From the University of Minnesota Press:

“No geology is neutral, writes Kathryn Yusoff. Tracing the color line of the Anthropocene, A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None examines how the grammar of geology is foundational to establishing the extractive economies of subjective life and the earth under colonialism and slavery. Yusoff initiates a transdisciplinary conversation between black feminist theory, geography, and the earth sciences, addressing the politics of the Anthropocene within the context of race, materiality, deep time, and the afterlives of geology.