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Paperback /  ePDF
November 2023
£ 17.00
Online ISBN:
9781009442770
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009442770
Publisher: Cambridge Elements
Available here

«Nonhuman Subjects: An Ecology of Earth-Beings»

The surging wave of indigenous politics, rights of nature, and social movements acting with rocks, rivers, glaciers, and lakes has brought to light an ecology of nonlife. Its protagonists are 'earth-beings,' geobodies that question deep-seated Western notions of personhood. Mountains in the Andes, erratic boulders, a landfill in the Swiss Alps, the sacred stones of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, and the works of contemporary artists who have engaged with nonlife reveal the subjectivity of beings that are not sentient and alive as biological organisms.
About the Author

Federico Luisetti is a critical theorist who has written on art and politics, society and things, nature and ideas, trying to understand what happens in the present and what was there before we were here.




Paperback
June 2023
ISBN: 978-99905-949-6-6
Publisher: Völkerkundemuseum, Zürich
«Comai: EtnoBiografia Ayorea (1942-2022)»

On the occasion of the exhibition “Without honey you have nothing to eat. About the bee knowledge of Ayoréode in Gran Chaco, Bolivia" (2020-2022), guest curator Henriette Stierlin published the life story of Ayoréo Comai (1940-2015), documented in long conversations. With the book “Comai – EtnoBiografía Ayorea 1942–2022”, a separate version of the Ayoréode story is now accessible, as was Comai’s express wish. In 2006, the author met one of the oldest contemporary witnesses to the Ayoréode's first permanent contact with Western society, which began in 1948. Comai's narrative describes the radical change that Ayoréod experienced when they became sedentary. Previously, they had lived largely on their own as nomads in the Gran Chaco of eastern Bolivia and northern Paraguay.
About the Author

Henriette Stierlin is an applied anthropologist who worked for several years in Latin-America in development projects, political ecology, ethnographic studies and interdisciplinary projects.

She has special interest in indigenous knowledge and its incorporation in development projects, use of nature resources and space by indigenous people.

She has also worked since 1989 in audio-visual projects, first in New York, then in Bolivia, producing especially documentaries about ecology related themes.
Producer/Director of Then we disappear (8`, Span/Eng), UZH, Zürich.




Paperback
September 2018
$ 49.99
ISBN: 9781486308576 280 pages
245 x 170 mm
Publisher:
CSIRO Publishing
Colour photographs
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ePDF
September 2018
ISBN: 9781486308583
Publisher:
CSIRO Publishing
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«The Allure of Fungi»
An interdisciplinary exploration of fungi, showcasing stunning photographs.

Although relatively little known, fungi provide the links between the terrestrial organisms and ecosystems that underpin our functioning planet.

The Allure of Fungi presents fungi through multiple perspectives – those of mycologists and ecologists, foragers and forayers, naturalists and farmers, aesthetes and artists, philosophers and Traditional Owners. It explores how a history of entrenched fears and misconceptions about fungi has led to their near absence in Australian ecological consciousness and biodiversity conservation.

Through a combination of text and visual essays, the author reflects on how aesthetic, sensate experience deepened by scientific knowledge offers the best chance for understanding fungi, the forest and human interactions with them.

About the Author
Alison Pouliot is a natural historian who is passionate about fungi. She moves between northern and southern hemispheres to have two autumns each year, guaranteeing a double dose of fungi.

Her extraordinary photographs reflect her research on the ecology and conservation of fungi. In this book she documents a forgotten corner of the natural world that is both beguiling and fundamental to life.


Hardback
2017
£ 25.00
ISBN: 9783038600602 96 pages
180 x 270 mm
Publisher:
Park Books
Colour photographs
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«Climate Garden 2085 – Handbook for a public experiment»

The Climate Garden experiment enables the experience of climate change's consequences firsthand: it showshow the vegetation of a place might change in the future, what we may be eating, and what our gardens might look like. The experiment is conducted based on detailed climate scenarios that can be translated to different locations around the globe.

This new book serves as a manual for the implementation of such a public experiment at a local or regional level anywhere inthe world. Contributions by human geographers, art historians, and ecologists are complemented by a practical step-by-stepguide to creating a climate garden.

It provides a tool for private and public institutions to tell their own story and in particular toadd a personal and emotional dimension to the largely abstract climate scenarios we usually learn about in the media.

About the Author
Juanita Schläpfer-Miller is a science communicator and artist and has been working as a science communications specialist atZurich-Basel Plant Science Centre since 2012. 

Manuela Dahinden holds a PhD in molecular biology. She works as a sciencecommunications specialist and as managing director of Zurich-Basel Plant Science Centre, a joint research initiative of theUniversities of Zurich and Basel and ETH Zurich.