Air Pollution: Issues and Solutions

Hal Crimmel Abstract: Since the dawn of the industrial area, air pollution has been a stubborn problem, especially in crowded urban areas. Air pollution in London and other European cities, for example, steadily worsened during the 1800s as the tonnage of coal being burned to power industry and generate electricity grew. But the most infamous …

Infrastructures of Hope

Erika Bsumek Abstract: This section or module  looks at different approaches to infrastructure in America and what studying them might tell us about sustainability, environment, and hope. Readings  focus on the ways in which politicians, architects, engineers, urban planners, naturalists, environmentalists, and residents of the areas being transformed have approached the relationship between large-scale infrastructure …

Recurring Earthquakes and the Rebirth of Hope

Sophia Kalantzakos Abstract: In April 2015, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal killing over 8,000 people and injuring more than 21,000. It erased whole villages at the foothills of the Himalayas, razed ancient cultural moments at UNESCO World Heritage sites. It devastated infrastructure and disrupted the way of life of one of the poorest countries in …

The Art of Protest: Radical Hope Envisioned and Embodied

Amy Hay Abstract: Some of the visual texts examined include the scribbled pictures in the meeting minutes of an ecumenical group formed to protest state inaction. The doodle showed various individuals as puppets, and included scientists and public officials, and in the process reveal a particular understanding of the world. One group used a striking …

Expecting the Unexpected—The Role of Art in the Dissemination of Radical Hope

Patrick J. Reed Abstract: In my artworks-on-paper, I use collage to demonstrate a subversive model for inclusive, non-hierarchical, non-subjugating modes of social and environmental consciousness. I rely on this fundamentally anarchic and queer aesthetic tradition for its ability to amalgamate and ally incongruities in profoundly unexpected ways. The motivations behind my creative endeavours are jointly informed …

The Rise of Optimism in the Conservation Movement

Elin Kelsey Paper: Crowd-sourcing hope and cultivating interspecies relationships in the Age of the Anthropocene and the Digital Revolution Abstract: The Digital Revolution is unleashing new understandings about life on Earth that rival the impact of the 15th Century discoveries of Columbus and Magellan (Arts, van der Wal & Adams, 2015). This new wild world …

Radical Hope in Turbulent Times: Sources of Inspiration from Politics to Poetry

John Barry WB Yeats, 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made: Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee; And live alone in the bee-loud glade. And I shall have some peace there, …

Looking at the ordinary – a tender practice of forging relationships

Tania Katzschner    We live in truly perilous times with rapidly worsening social and ecological conditions. It is not difficult to feel deep despair as we gaze upon the world we currently inhabit. Although we are surrounded by plans, solutions, a sense of urgency, sometimes outrage, intentions, critiques, protests, and ‘wars’ on everything, we are …

Listening Carefully

Carsten Wergin  In this contribution, I draw on entangled ethnographic moments recorded in October 2015 in Heidelberg (Germany) and May 2017 in the Kimberley region in Northwest Australia. I argue that respectful and careful listening (to others) is a crucial skill through which to inspire radical hope. Commonly rendered invisible by an overemphasis on representationalism, …