The Rocks and the Air: Atmospheric and Geologic Displacements


From Breathers to Conspiracy: Three Displacements for Atmospheric Reckoning
Tim Choy (UC Davis)

Earthlight Displacement, the First Climate Model, and the Planetary Sensorium
Jerome Whitington (New York University)

Scientists ask fundamental questions about what it means to live on a planet, a question of profound interest to anthropologists. In 1896, Arhennius published the world’s first climate model. His quantitative effort is linked to the historical capacity for sensing the Earth. Climate politics is a “politics of the sensible” (Ranciere) in part because climate science has radically changed the ability to measure the atmosphere. I discuss an 1881 technique for measuring the moon’s temperature that shows a shift in the means of perception toward “sensory alterity” beyond embodied perception.

Displacing the Climate Sublime: A Little Movie About a Small Glacier at the End of the World
Cymene Howe & Dominic Boyer (Rice University)

Surfaces and Skylights: Dust Through Interphases
Jerry Zee (UC Santa Cruz)

Concrete is a Compound Material
Nicholas D’Avella (New York University)

Concrete is the most widely-used building material in the world. But it is more than just one material. A “compound material,” concrete is formed from a combination of cement and local aggregates (water and stone) typically drawn from a site close to construction. This means that no concrete is like any other, a difference tied closely to geographic emplacements. This video thinks from concrete’s particularities as a compound material to suggest ways that anthropology might push concrete’s aggregates beyond those of water, rock, and cement to further compound its material manifestations.

Pollution Displacements in the Air
Nerea Calvillo (University of Warwick)

Atmospheric Sense
Marina Peterson (UT Austin)

In our current climate, the sensory is amplified as a mode of attunement. Thermoception and affect coalesce as climate change and fake news, weather and politics, are drawn together, the literal and figurative meanings of climate colliding and colluding. The paper focuses on another moment in which “climate” resonated across sensory-affective registers – 1960s Los Angeles, when an atmosphere of change shimmered across air, bodies, and infrastructure.