Megan Finn, “Documenting Aftermath: Information Infrastructures in the Wake of Disasters” (MIT Press, 2018)
Megan Finn‘s Documenting Aftermath: Information Infrastructures in the Wake of Disasters (MIT Press, 2018) is a fascinating examination of how information infrastructures shape the ways that survivors and observers know and learn about disasters.  Finn uses three historical case studies – major earthquakes in Northern California in 1868, 1906, and... Read More
Perrin Selcer, “The Postwar Origins of the Global Environment” (Columbia UP, 2018)
Having been born into a world in which people knew about anthropogenic global warming, I grew up in the “global environment.” Although the category “global environment” seems normal, if not natural, Perrin Selcer shows just how recent its origins actually are. In his innovative new book, The Postwar Origins of the... Read More
Judd C. Kinzley, “Natural Resources and the New Frontier: Constructing Modern China’s Borderlands” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
As public knowledge grows of the Chinese state’s subjugation of the central Asian region of Xinjiang, many may find themselves wondering what Beijing’s interest in this distant region is in the first place. Judd Kinzley’s new book Natural Resources and the New Frontier: Constructing Modern China’s Borderlands (University of Chicago... Read More
Radhika Govindrajan, “Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
In what is sure to become a classic, Radhika Govindrajan’s Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas (University of Chicago Press, 2018) mobilizes the thematic of “interspecies relatedness” to explore a variety of human/non-human animal encounters in contemporary India. Animal Intimacies is a path paving work that combines theoretical innovation... Read More
Joshua Reid, “The Sea is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs” (Yale UP, 2015)
In 1999, the Makahs went out on the Pacific for their first whale hunt in over seventy years. The event drew protests from animal rights activists and local (mostly white) Washingtonians. But to the Makahs, the event was a cause for celebration. Why did the whale hunt hold such divergent... Read More
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