MemberDavid Levente Palatinus


…ses across the Centuries: Contexts, Legacies, Media. Eds. Maurizio Ascari, Serena Baesi, David Levente Palatinus. Peter Lang, 2020.
 “Humans and Machines: Gothic Legacy and the Screen of the Anthropocene” in Gothic Metamorphoses across the Centuries: Contexts, Legacies, Media. Eds. Maurizio Ascari, Serena Baesi, David Levente Palatinus. Peter Lang, 2020, 215-231.
Crime and Detection in the Age of Electronic Reproduction. E…

I am Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the Department of English and American Studies of the University of Ruzomberok. In 2017 I set up the Anthropocene Media Lab at our department. My research moves between and across television studies, digital media, and cultural theory. I have worked and written on violence in serial culture, medicine and autopsy, autoimmunity and war, and digital subjectivity in the Anthropocene. I am co-editor of the ECREA section of CSTOnline (the online arm of Critical Studies in Television: The International Journal of Television Studies), and am on the editorial board of Americana E-Journal of American Studies (Hungary), and Rewind: British and American Studies Series of Aras Edizioni (Fano, Italy).

MemberStacey Balkan

…2018  “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Thermocene: Documenting ‘Cheap Nature’ in Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace.” NeMLA Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, PA.

2018  “Cultivating the Local in Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing’s The Mushroom at the End of the World and Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies.” MLA Annual Convention, New York City.

2018 “Inhabiting the Cthulucene: Tentacular Intimacies in Jamaal May’s Detroit.” MLA Annual Convention, New York City….

Rogues in the Postcolony: Developing Itinerancy in India (book manuscript)

Oil Fictions: World Literature and our Contemporary Petrosphere (edited collection, manuscript in progress)

“Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Thermocene: A Petro-Aesthetic Critique of Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace” (chapter for Oil Fictions, manuscript in progress)

“Inhabiting the Chthulucene: Tentacular Intimacies in Jamaal May’s Detroit.” (manuscript in progress…
…stmodern. Eds. Jessica Datema & Diane Krumrey. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.


2017 Rev. Ecological Imaginations in Latin American Fiction by Laura Barbas-Rhoden. Configurations 25.2 (2017): 256-259.

2016 “Anthropocene and Empire.” Rev. of The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable by Amitav Ghosh. Public Books. 15 Oct. 2016.



Stacey Balkan is assistant professor of Environmental Literature and Humanities at Florida Atlantic University.  Her research focuses on postcolonial ecologies and the politics of representation in the Global South; landscape aesthetics and counter-pastoralism; Anthropocene studies; radical materialism; and environmental justice.  Stacey’s recent articles for The Global South and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment examine the legacy of uneven and combined development in Nigeria and India; and she is now at work on two book-length manuscripts–Rogues in the Postcolony: Developing Itinerancy in India and Oil Fictions: World Literature and our Contemporary Petrosphere. Critiquing development policies in colonial and postcolonial India, Rogues in the Postcolony  foregrounds the intersection(s) between landscape ideology, agricultural improvement, and historical trauma as each obtains in British-occupied Bengal, post- independence Mumbai and New Delhi, and late-capitalist Bhopal. From the transformation of commonly held land for agriculture, whether in the form of plantation regimes or contemporary agribusiness, to the emergent slum ecologies of India’s premier urban enclaves, modern improvement schemes have hinged on the removal of figures who have lately found expression in novels that replace the neoliberal fictions of the “new India” with the itinerant narratives of the postcolonial pícaro. These stories constitute what Balkan calls an “aesthetics of indigence,” which brings into sharp focus what picaresque enthusiasts have long characterized as la vida buscóna–translated loosely as the “low life” of the working-class protagonist. Stacey is also co-editing a forthcoming collection entitled Oil Fictions: World literature and our Contemporary Petrosphere–an anthology situated within the emergent field of Petrocultures. Oil Fictions presents an attempt to grapple with the pervasiveness of this often-invisible biocultural agent through the cultivation of a robust petro-aesthetic practice. Her recent work also includes essays on the Anthropocene and its relationship to Empire for Global South Studies and Public Books; and her earlier research, born of several years teaching Contemporary Latin American Literature and Anglophone World Literature at Bergen Community College in New Jersey, has been published in The Cambridge Companion to Comparative Literature, World Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and Culture.  At BCC, she also served as the co-director of the college’s Literary Arts Series and as a fellow for the Center for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation.

MemberMiriam Tola

…nomenological Theory and Culture, 11, no. 1 (2016): 1-21.
“Commoning With/in the Earth. Hardt, Negri and Feminist Natures.”  Theory & Event 18, no. 4 (2015).
“The Political Ecology of Isabelle Stengers: Displacing the Anthropocene.” Teoria 34, no. 2 (2014):101-118. 
 Book Chapters and Entries
“Reinventing the Strike in Transnational Feminist Movements and Youth Climate Activism,” in preparation.
“Geopower” in preparatio…

Miriam Tola is assistant professor in Environmental Humanities at the University of Lausanne. She specializes in feminist and decolonial theory, political ecology and the study of activist and aesthetic practices for gender, racial and environmental justice. Her current book project focuses on the potential of the commons as path for making futures in the ruins of extractive capitalism. Her articles on the Anthropocene, the politics of the commons and the rights of nature have appeared in journals such as Theory & Event, South Atlantic Quarterly, Feminist Review, Environmental Humanities and Studi Culturali.

MemberSteve Mentz

…Single-Author Books

Break Up the Anthropocene. U. Minnesota P, 2019. Open-Access e-book.

Shipwreck Modernity: Ecologies of Globalization, 1550-1719. U Minnesota P, 2015.

At the Bottom of Shakespeare’s Ocean. Bloomsbury / Shakespeare Now!, 2009.

Romance for Sale in Early Modern England. Ashgate, 2006.

Edited or Co-Edited Collections

The Sea and Nineteenth-Century Anglophone Literary Culture. Co-edited with Martha Elena Rojas. Routledge, 2016.


Steve Mentz is Professor of English at St. John’s University in New York City. His work explores Early Modern Literature, Ecocriticism, Shakespeare, and the Blue Humanities. Most recently he is the author of Break up the Anthropocene, (U Minn P, 2019), and  Shipwreck Modernity: Ecologies of Globalization 1550 – 1719 (U Minn P, 2015) and co-editor of The Sea and Nineteenth-Century Anglophone Literary Culture (Routledge, 2016). He is a Series Editor for Environmental Humanities in Premodern Culture (EHPC) for Amsterdam University Press.

MemberAnita Harris Satkunananthan

Dr. Anita Harris Satkunananthan is a senior lecturer at the National University of Malaysia.  She possesses a PhD in Postcolonial Literature from the University of Queensland at St Lucia, Australia. Her research interests: Postcolonial Gothic, Phenomenology: Spatial and Temporal studies encompassing Hauntology, Geocriticism, and Memory Studies.  Anita has been awarded grants from the Centre for Research and Instrumentation, UKM and the Malaysian Ministry of Education. She has recently been working on Anthropocene literary criticism and ecoGothic literature — both subfields deeply connected to her ongoing work on the postcolonial Gothic and the spatio-temporal configurations of phenomenology in literature.

MemberKeith Pluymers

I’m an early modern environmental historian researching wood scarcity in 16th and 17th century England and how these fears shaped colonial expansion into the Atlantic World. I teach broad courses on environmental history that mix broad geographic and chronological frameworks with case studies. I’ve taught courses on early modern conservation and sustainability, rivers and human history from the Ancient world to Los Angeles, and doing history in the Anthropocene in addition to introductory courses to early modern Atlantic and American environmental history.

Memberjane caputi

Jane Caputi is Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University.  In 2016, she was named as the Eminent Scholar of the Year by the Popular Culture Association.  She has written three books, The Age of Sex Crime (1987), Gossips, Gorgons and Crones (1993), and Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power and Popular Culture (2004), and collaborated with Mary Daly on Websters’ First New Intergalactic Wickedary of the English Language (1987). She also has made two educational documentaries, The Pornography of Everyday Life (2006, Berkeley Media) and Feed the Green: Feminist Voices for the Earth (2015, Women Make Movies). Her new book Call Your “Mutha’”” A Deliberately Dirty-Minded Manifesto for the Earth Mother in the Anthropocene is being published by Oxford University Press in August 2020, in a series on “Heretical Thinking” edited by Ruth O’Brien.

MemberJacob Erickson

Jacob J. Erickson has lectured in theological ethics at Trinity since 2016. He previously taught Religion and Environmental Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, USA. Alongside theologian Marion Grau (Norwegian School of Theology), he chairs the Sacred Texts, Theory, and Theological Construction Unit and serves on the Steering Committee for the Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions Unit for the American Academy of Religion.   His research and teaching interests include:

  • Ecotheology, Environmental Ethics, and the Environmental Humanities
  • Queer Theologies and LGBTIQ Ethics
  • Theology in Posthumanism and New Materialism
  • Lutheran Theology and Ethics

Erickson is currently working on an extended project on the intersections of global warming and theology called A Theopoetics of the Earth: Divinity in the Anthropocene.  He’s also working on an introductory text on sexuality and queer theological ethics.