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Salma Monani has edited a new book, Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies

IECA founding member Salma Monani and her colleague Joni Adamson have edited a new book, Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos. Published by Routledge, the book considers the connections between environmental  activism, Native Studies, and Ecocritcism scholarship.

Monani is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Studies department at Gettysburg College. Adamson is a Professor of English and Environmental Humanities and Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University.

Here is the full description:

This book addresses the intersections between the interdisciplinary realms of Ecocriticism and Indigenous and Native American Studies, and between academic theory and pragmatic eco-activism conducted by multiethnic and indigenous communities. It illuminates the multi-layered, polyvocal ways in which artistic expressions render ecological connections, drawing on scholars working in collaboration with Indigenous artists from all walks of life, including film, literature, performance, and other forms of multimedia to expand existing conversations. Both local and global in its focus, the volume includes essays from multiethnic and Indigenous communities across the world, visiting topics such as Navajo opera, Sami film production history, south Indian tribal documentary, Maori art installations, Native American and First Nations science-fiction literature and film, Amazonian poetry, and many others. Highlighting trans-Indigenous sensibilities that speak to worldwide crises of environmental politics and action against marginalization, the collection alerts readers to movements of community resilience and resistance, cosmological thinking about inter- and intra-generational multi-species relations, and understandings of indigenous aesthetics and material ecologies. It engages with emerging environmental concepts such as multispecies ethnography, cosmopolitics, and trans-indigeneity, as well as with new areas of ecocritical research such as material ecocriticism, biosemiotics, and media studies. In its breadth and scope, this book promises new directions for ecocritical thought and environmental humanities practice, providing thought-provoking insight into what it means to be human in a locally situated, globally networked, and cosmologically complex world.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Simon Ortiz

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Cosmovisions, Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies
Joni Adamson and Salma Monani

Part I: Resilience

Chapter One: Negotiating the Ontological Gap: Place, Performance, and Media Art Practices in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Janine Randerson and Amanda Yates

Chapter Two: Science Fiction, Westerns, and the Vital Cosmo-ethics of The 6th World
Salma Monani

Chapter Three: Long Environmentalism: After the Listening Session
Subhankar Banerjee

Chaoter Four: Grounded in Spiritual Geography: Restoring Naabaahi in Enemy Slayer, a Navajo Oratorio
Laura Tohe

Part II: Resistance

Chapter Five: Dancing at the End of the World: The Poetics of the Body in Indigenous Protest
Janet Fiskio

Chapter Six: New Media, Activism, and Indigenous Environmental Governance: Politics and the Minnesota-Wisconsin Wolf Hunt
Clint Carroll and Angelica Lawson

Chapter Seven: Cyclical Conceptualizations of Time: Ecocritical Perspectives on Sami Film Culture
Pietari Kääpä

Chapter Eight: Resistance and Hope in Mohawk Cinema: Iroquois Cosmologies and Histories
Shelley Niro and Salma Monani

Part III: Multi-Species Relations

Chapter Nine: A "Network of Networks": Multispecies Stories and Cosmopolitical Activism in Solar Storms and People of the Feather
Yalan Chang

Chapter Ten: Tinai-Documentation as Ecocultural Ethnography: My Experience with Mudugar
Rayson Alex

Chapter Eleven: The Tangibility of Maize: Indigenous Literature, Bioart, and Violence in Mexico
Abigail Perez Aguilera

Chapter Twelve: Why Bears, Yakumama (Mother Water), and other Transformational Beings are (Still) Good to Think
Joni Adamson and Juan Carlos Galeano, with Illustrations by Solmi Angarita

List of Contributors

Index

 

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