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Geo-narrativity: Anthropocene, Aesthetics, Forensics

Damianos, Alexander (2022) Geo-narrativity: Anthropocene, Aesthetics, Forensics. In: Wilkie, Alex and Seghal, Melanie, eds. More-than-human aesthetics: venturing beyond the bifurcation of nature. Bristol University Press. (In press) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:103706)

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This paper examines how the Anthropocene becomes perceptible as a speculative geological future through the medium of the technofossil. Invoking plastics, Styrofoam, and other artefacts particular to the recent past, the technofossil is generative of a novel aesthetic remarkably successful at facilitating a sensitivity to geological deep time in the present. I develop an account of how the technofossil was invented, how it unfolds as an approrpriation of palaeontological techniques, and how geologists draw on fossils as at once an impartial practice (the evidence is ‘set in stone’) while at once speaking ‘on behalf’ of technofossils to advance entirely political speculations about the future, as well as contemporary society. The technofossil therefore unfolds as a speculative forensics.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Anthropocene, forensics, aesthetics, technofossil, GSSP, geology, stratigraphy, science and law, science and technology studies,
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Alex Damianos
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2023 12:30 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2024 19:32 UTC
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