Thinking explosively

How to sense (the politics of) chemical reactions

In a couple of previous missives, I delved very briefly into the desire to specifically situate or sense chemicality in the past and/or present, and more specifically, seeking out clues to the production –or experience– of explosive reactions (and the fear or anticipation of their possibility). But there is quite a separation between intention and doing; how to enact such engagements? What will the time be spent on, if anything?

I wanted to mention, too, that in the past couple of weeks several of us have been calendaring to start to finalize a date for this first engagement, and we should have something pinned down maybe just after the “thanks”-giving holiday (likely for a date that will happen in February of 2020).

The following reading materials are just a way to keep track of what we want to be experimenting with and reading to prep for this, and anyone is invited to send us more suggestions or to just read along from afar. At some point perhaps we’ll be able to compile everything into one biblio.

Megan Black (2018). The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers and American Power. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press [reviewed for S&S by Julie Klinger; and, a podcast with Megan Black on the book]

Lisa Chen (2018). “Project for a Trip to the Golden Venture Crash Site”

Jack Lowe (2019). GeoHumanities Summer School: Listening to Field, Voice, and Body

Sarah Moore (2012). Garbage matters: Concepts in new geographies of waste. Progress in Human Geography, 36(6), 780–799.

Cecile Sachs Olsen (2016). Performing Urban Archives – a starting point for exploration. Cultural Geographies, 23(3), 511–515. [*see also the related work thoughts of zUrbs]

Jackie Orr (2004). The Militarization of Inner Space. Critical Sociology, 30(2), 451–481.

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