“At Home in the Anthropocene is a compellingly written and thoroughly researched investigation into a multispecies understanding of ‘home’ in our current epoch. With its informative, accessible prose, it is suitable to general readers interested in the environment and sustainability as well as graduate seminar students.” —Emily Plec, author of Perspectives on Human-Animal Communication: Internatural Communication
At Home in the Anthropocene brings together a set of wildlife stories focused on the question of what counts as “home” in an age of climate crisis and upheaval. Through stories of mountain lions displaced by wildfires, encounters with black bears in areas of significant human use, wildlife rehabilitation practices, and of the creation of wildlife corridors, Amy D. Propen highlights posthuman interventions into the lives of these at-risk species, with a focus on how such interventions call into question ideas about coexisting with our vulnerable, more-than-human kin.
By employing the tenets of posthumanism, compassionate conservation, and entangled empathy—and making them accessible through storytelling and narrative—Propen offers new perspectives about how to more compassionately and productively understand ideas about home, connectivity, and coexistence across a range of places and ecosystems. Uniquely conceptualized to include narrative related to the Anthropause, as well as travel and nature writing amidst COVID-19, At Home in the Anthropocene engages with questions about home and belonging in generative ways that attempt to open up possibilities for sustainable futures in which we may productively coexist with our more-than-human kin.
Amy D. Propen is Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Visualizing Posthuman Conservation in the Age of the Anthropocene.
Chapter 1 What Counts as Home in the Anthropocene?
Chapter 2 Fire-Lost and Trying to Cross
Interlude I From Climate Anxiety Emerges the Gift of a Whisper Song
Chapter 3 Storied Places and Species in Flux: Connectivity as Reciprocity
Interlude II Fostering a Culture of Reciprocity during the Anthropause
Chapter 4 At Home with Big Kin
Chapter 5 Gratitude for the Trail and the Gift of Roadside Geology
Decolonial Conversations in Posthuman and New Material Rhetorics
Edited by Jennifer Clary-Lemon and David M. Grant