Power and Purity: Nature as Resource in a Troubled Society

Volume 5 of Environmental Humanities is now available online and with it my article “Power and Purity: Nature as Resource in a Troubled Society” on artistic, political and industrial discourses on pure and polluted nature in Iceland in light of the overlapping political, environmental and economic crises.

 

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To access the article: http:/environmentalhumanities.org

In the article I analyze artworks that question ideas about purity from the aluminum and branding industries as well as ideas about a binary relation between human culture and nature. Notions such as “nature-terrorism” and “dangerous purity” are also treated in the article.

Environmental Humanities is an international, open-access journal that aims to invigorate current interdisciplinary research on the environment. It is published by the University of New South Wales twice every year. In response to a growing interest around the world in the many questions that arise in this era of rapid environmental and social change, the journal publishes outstanding scholarship that draws humanities disciplines into conversation with each other, and with the natural and social sciences. The fifth volume is the largest volume ever including seven papers in the main section, two provocation pieces, a special section on representing the Anthropocene, and the first instalment of the new Living Lexicon for the Environmental Humanities.

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Great Auk, Ólöf Nordal (1998)

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