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Interrogating the Anthropocene

Ecology, Aesthetics, Pedagogy, and the Future in Question

  • jan jagodzinski

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Educational Futures book series (PSEF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Capitalist Framing

  3. Planetary Projections

  4. Media and Artistic Responses

  5. Pedagogical Responses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-316
    2. Nathan Snaza
      Pages 339-357

About this book


This volume weaves together a variety of perspectives aimed at confronting a spectrum of ethico-political global challenges arising in the Anthropocene which affect the future of life on planet earth. In this book, the authors offer a multi-faceted approach to address the consequences of its imaginary and projective directions. The chapters span the disciplines of political economy, cybernetics, environmentalism, bio-science, psychoanalysis, bioacoustics, documentary film, installation art, geoperformativity, and glitch aesthetics. The first section attempts to flesh out new aspects of current debates. Questions over the Capitaloscene are explored via conflations of class and climate, revisiting the eco-Marxist analysis of capitalism, and the financial system that thrives on debt. The second section explores the imaginary narratives that raise questions regarding non-human involvement. The third section addresses ’geoartisty,’ the counter artistic responses to the speculariztion of climate disasters, questioning eco-documentaries, and what a post-anthropocentric art might look like. The last section addresses the pedagogical response to the Anthropocene. 


pedagogy ontology ecology global capitalism Bioacustic research

Editors and affiliations

  • jan jagodzinski
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Secondary EducationUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

About the editors

jan jagodzinski is Professor of Visual Art and Media Education in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta, Canada. He is the author of seventeen books to date in media, visual art, visual art education, and film.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Interrogating the Anthropocene
  • Book Subtitle Ecology, Aesthetics, Pedagogy, and the Future in Question
  • Editors jan jagodzinski
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Educational Futures
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Educational Futures
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-78746-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-08777-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-78747-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVI, 410
  • Number of Illustrations 18 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Philosophy
    Creativity and Arts Education
    Sociology of Education
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“This anthology offers a comprehensive overview of the primary issues driving debates concerning the Anthropocene. jagodzinski has brought together an intellectually lively and engaging series of essays that will certainly be a useful text for students interested in the deeper philosophical questions arising from the impact human activities are having for all life on earth.” (Adrian Parr, author of Birth Of A New Earth)

“This book gets at the most vital issue of our time—anthropogenic climate change. It does so in refreshing and creative ways, opening up new veins of thinking about capitalism, art, pedagogy, and the imaginative possibility of new planetary projections. jagodzinski’s introduction provides a comprehensive overview of these urgent theoretical questions about the Anthropocene, as well as engaging the most cutting-edge conversations.” (Clayton Crockett, Professor and Director of the Religious Studies Program, University of Central Arkansas, USA)