From the Anthropocene to Postgenomics: New Configurations of Body-World 2

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Grand Chenier, Sheraton, 5th Floor
Organizers: Becky Mansfield, Maurizio Meloni, Ariel Rawson
Chairs: Maurizio Meloni


These sessions are on the traffic between “postgenomics”—as an emerging way of thinking about living organisms—and the “Anthropocene”—as an emerging way of thinking about the planet. Postgenomic sciences such as epigenomics and microbiomics increasingly figure bodies as open, malleable, responsive multiplicities. This challenges the idea of the body as a fixed, closed, and sovereign entity that is walled off from environmental influences, including human actions. Against both gene/environment and human/nature dualisms, in this view bodies are fully imbricated with sociobiochemical environments that influence the action of genes and development of organisms. Using the term Anthropocene, emerging earth and atmospheric sciences increasingly figure the planet, too, as open, malleable, and responsive. Used to identify the present as the geologic age of humans (especially in reference to the planet-altering effects of hydrocarbon energy, materials, fertilizers, etc.) this challenges the idea of nature as an external and pristine entity, walled off from human action. This view challenges not only the human/nature dualism but also the biological/geological dualism, undermining divides between living and non-living. The papers explore how, why, and with what effects these reconfigurations of life increasingly are taken as the truth in this historical moment. Themes include new hopes and anxieties, implications for governmentality, questions of justice and inequality, ideas about variation and difference, and temporalities.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Ariel Rawson*, The Ohio State University, Scales of Depression: Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis and New Disciplinary Formations 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Sophie Lewis*, , Footprinting the Tentacular Womb 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Katie Meehan*, University of Oregon, "A leaf is like a landscape": genomic political ecologies and new scalar imaginaries of the Brazilian Amazon 20 2:00 PM
Presenter Jamie Lorimer*, University of Oxford, Environmental biopower and the geographies of the probiotic turn 20 2:20 PM
Discussant Abigail Neely Dartmouth College 20 2:40 PM

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