Green Marxism Reading Group | Summer 2021

In conjunction with the V21 Collective, Vcologies is pleased to convene an interdisciplinary summer reading group on the subject of “Radical Ecologies.” See our Reading Groups page for more information and to sign up.

Vcologies is an interdisciplinary, international working group of scholars committed to the environmental humanities, the energy humanities, and other ecology-focused approaches. Our working assumption is that the humanities have crucial contributions to make toward the struggle for environmental justice and for a more environmentally responsible society.

Our work is guided by the following broad inquires:

❖ How did concepts such as extinction, biodiversity, and ecology emerge from and shape nineteenth-century literature, science, and culture?

❖ What do literary and cultural histories of the nineteenth century⎯the period of both rapid industrialization and imperial expansion⎯have to contribute to the shaping of environmental narratives today?

❖ What are the implications of writing environmental histories in the ways that we do?

❖ Can we imagine new forms of action consonant with our political moment that build from our study of the nineteenth century?

The header image is a cyanotype of Cystoseira fibrosa by the Victorian photographer Anna Atkins (1799-1871), from Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843). This volume is often considered to be the first book illustrated with photographic images. [public domain]