Future Remains: A Cabinet Of Curiosities For The Anthropocene by Gregg MitmanFuture Remains: A Cabinet Of Curiosities For The Anthropocene by Gregg Mitman

Future Remains: A Cabinet Of Curiosities For The Anthropocene

EditorGregg Mitman, Marco Armiero, Robert Emmett

Paperback | April 20, 2018

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What can a pesticide pump, a jar full of sand, or an old calico print tell us about the Anthropocene—the age of humans? Just as paleontologists look to fossil remains to infer past conditions of life on earth, so might past and present-day objects offer clues to intertwined human and natural histories that shape our planetary futures. In this era of aggressive hydrocarbon extraction, extreme weather, and severe economic disparity, how might certain objects make visible the uneven interplay of economic, material, and social forces that shape relationships among human and nonhuman beings?

Future Remains is a thoughtful and creative meditation on these questions. The fifteen objects gathered in this book resemble more the tarots of a fortuneteller than the archaeological finds of an expedition—they speak of planetary futures. Marco Armiero, Robert S. Emmett, and Gregg Mitman have assembled a cabinet of curiosities for the Anthropocene, bringing together a mix of lively essays, creatively chosen objects, and stunning photographs by acclaimed photographer Tim Flach. The result is a book that interrogates the origins, implications, and potential dangers of the Anthropocene and makes us wonder anew about what exactly human history is made of.
Gregg Mitman is the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape Our Lives and Landscapes and coeditor of Documenting the World: Film, Photography, and the Scientific Record,...
Title:Future Remains: A Cabinet Of Curiosities For The AnthropoceneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.8 inPublished:April 20, 2018Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Gregg Mitman, Marco Armiero, and Robert S. Emmett

The Anthropocene: The Promise and Pitfalls of an Epochal Idea
Rob Nixon


Anthropocene in a Jar
Tomas Matza and Nicole Heller
Concretes Speak
Rachel Harkness, Cristián Simonetti, and Judith Winter
The Age of (a) Man
Joseph Masco
The Manual Pesticide Spray Pump
Michelle Mart and Cameron Muir

Hubris or Humility: Genealogies of the Anthropocene
Gregg Mitman

Living and Dying

Huia Echoes
Julianne Lutz Warren
Gary Kroll
Marine Animal Satellite Tags
Nils Hanwahr
Artificial Coral Reef
Josh Wodak
Freezing Life in the Anthropocene
Elizabeth Hennessy

Racism and the Anthropocene
Laura Pulido

Sabotaging the Anthropocene; or, In the Praise of Mutiny
Marco Armiero


On Possibility; or, The Monkey Wrench
Daegan Miller
The German Calico Quilt
Bethany Wiggin

Anthropocene Aesthetics
Robert S. Emmett


The Mirror—Testing the Counter-Anthropocene
Sverker Sörlin
Objects from Anna Schwartz’s Cabinet of Curiosities
Judit Hersko
Jared Farmer
Davies Creek Road
Trisha Carroll and Mandy Martin

Anthropocene Cabinets of Curiosity: Objects of Strange Change
Libby Robin


Editorial Reviews

“This book addresses the vexing issues posed by the Anthropocene—the idea that humans have become a bio-physical force of nature—in an excitingly original way by showing how the material objects of our time will one day become uncanny future fossils. Its imaginative sweep feels as futuristic as science fiction, yet each object is located deftly within its historical and contemporary context. The contributors make up a who’s who of modern scholarship. It should become the go-to book for understanding the implications and significance of the most challenging idea and problem of our time.”