Un-earthed: Solarity

How can we think of solarity through the lens of elemental media? 

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In this reading group sessions we are reading the introduction to Saturation: An Elemental Politics, by Duke University Press. The book release is scheduled for October, but the introduction is already freely available, and pairs well with Nicole Starosielski recent article “Beyond the Sun: Embedded Solarities and Agricultural Practice”.

Saturation is in dialogue with new materialist theories, as well as the book that introduced the notion of elemental media in the first place: John Durham Peters’ The Marvelous Clouds. It provides a number of key concepts that help elucidate phenomena where elements comingle and change states with repercussions for human-environmental relations. As a test, in this session we are going to look at what it offers thinking on solarity – which describes the social conditions of life under a solar-powered energy regime. How can we think of solar radiation as an element within which we live, and which influences the way in which we organize society?

Zoom link: https://uio.zoom.us/j/69442892833 / Meeting ID: 694 4289 2833


Starosielski, Nicole. “Beyond the Sun: Embedded Solarities and Agricultural Practice” South Atlantic Quarterly 120.1, 2021, pp. 13-24. From this special issue.

Saturation. eds. Melody Jue and Rafico Ruiz. “Thinking with Saturation Beyond Water: Threshholds, Phase Change, and the Precipitate” Duke University Press. np.

Tags: solarpunk, solarity, environmental humanities, elemental media, aesthetics
Published Sep. 12, 2021 10:59 AM - Last modified Dec. 2, 2021 2:15 PM