Breathing Late Industrialism

Breathing Late Industrialism

Aspiration: On Breathing and Striving in Late Industrial Baltimore
Chloe Ahmann (George Washington University)

This paper probes what hope looks like from asthmatic places, exploring the entanglement between two forms of aspiration—breathing, striving—when conditions vital to one put the other at stake. I take up this question from late industrial Baltimore, tracing responses to a proposed incinerator. For some, it figured as a problem because it would strain local breathing. For others, it fueled desire by promising jobs for the neighborhood. Querying why some, despite deteriorating health, fixed hope on the incinerator, I offer insight into the experiences that texture late industrial aspiration.

The Young and the Oblivious City: Environmental Justice and the View of the Future
Daniel Price (University of Houston)

Thinking about Irigaray’s response (in the Forgetting of Air) to Heidegger’s thinking of ground – all as something to do with a justice that isn’t trapped in the Kantian metaphysics of appearance, judgment, and justice.

Breathing in Delhi’s Peripheries
Rohit Negi & Prerna Srigyan (Ambedkar University, Delhi)

Delhi’s environmental history cannot be understood outside the continuing peripheralisation of ecological risk. The city’s hinterlands have not only been the identified sites for industries but also of waste and practices–from slaughterhouses to landfills–deemed ‘out of place’ in a modern, globalising city. Our paper views these sites through an atmospheric lens, examining the relational production of space, vulnerability, and breathing in these zones of exaggerated risk.

Structures of Feeling and Toxic Infrastructure: Politics of Difference and Undone Science in an Urban Neighborhood
Thomas DePree (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Indexing Late Industrialism: From Private Property to Public Notice
Ali Kenner, Maggie McNulty & Linda Croskey (Drexel University)

Breathing Late Industrialism: Elaborations
Kim Fortun (UC Irvine)