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Climate Change & the Humanities Theory Reading Group

(with thanks to Travis DeCook and BABEL for many of the reading suggestions)

In this group we’ll look at some of the writers who have shaped the way we discuss climate change in the humanities today. We’ll discuss their arguments, contexts, and relevance to broader climate change conversations.



First Meeting: TBD January 2017

Please email Barbara Leckie ( for location and copy of reading.


Martin Heidegger, “The Question Concerning Technology” [1953]. Basic Writings. Ed. David Farrell Krell. San Francisco: Harper, 1993. 311-41.

NOTE: Dates for future meetings will be determined at the first meeting above (where we will also discuss the Heidegger reading)


Chakrabarty, Dipesh. “The Climate of History: Four Theses.” Critical Inquiry 35 (Winter 2009): 197-222.

Morton, Timothy. “A Quake in Being: An Introduction to Hyperobjects.” Hyper Objects. Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World. Minneapolis: Univ. of Minneapolis Press, 2013.

Bruno Latour, “Agency at the Time of the Anthropocene.” New Literary History 45 (2014): 1-18

Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong. “On Hypo-Real Models or Global Climate Change: A Challenge for the Humanities.” Critical Inquiry 41.3 (Spring 2015): 675-703.

Donna Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Durham, N.C.: Duke UP, 2016. [selection to be determined]

For information on the Reading Group please contact Barbara Leckie at

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