A new paper on Arctic ‘trash animals’, entitled ‘Raven, Dog, Human: Inhuman Colonialism and Unsettling Cosmologies’ (Zahara and Hird 2015) has been published in the latest issue of the journal Environmental Humanities. In the paper, Dr. Myra J. Hird and I argue that particular understandings of humans/nature are bequeathed to future generations along with waste. By analyzing the historical and contemporary relationships between Inuit/Qallunaat/ravens/ and sled dogs, we argue that both settler ontologies and waste work to materially re-configure relationships between humans and the inhuman.
The paper is part of a special issue on Inheriting the Ecological Legacies of Settler colonialism, edited by Affrica Taylor, Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Sandrina de Finney, and Mindy Blaise– members of the Common World Research Collective.
The latest issue of Environmental Humanities also includes a paper on nuclear waste landscapes in the United States by Shannon Cram (2015) and a special commentary section on the ‘Ecomodernest Manifesto’ by Bruno Latour and others.
Zahara, A.R.D. and M.J. Hird. (2015) ‘Raven, Dog, Human: Inhuman Colonialism and Unsettling Cosmologies’. Environmental Humanities 7: 169-190.
Cram, S. (2015) ‘Wild and Scenic Wasteland: Conservation Politics in the Nuclear Wilderness’. Environmental Humanities 7: 89-105.