Rivers of the Anthropocene: new (Free!) book now available

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This is a great looking new title, available here for free by the University of California Press. Regular UC Press site here.

9780520295025Rivers of the Anthropocene

Jason M. Kelly, Philip Scarpino , Helen Berry, James Syvitski , Michel Meybeck (Eds)

This exciting volume presents the work and research of the Rivers of the Anthropocene Network, an international collaborative group of scientists, social scientists, humanists, artists, policymakers, and community organizers working to produce innovative transdisciplinary research on global freshwater systems. In an attempt to bridge disciplinary divides, the essays in this volume address the challenge in studying the intersection of biophysical and human sociocultural systems in the age of the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch of humans’ own making. Featuring contributions from authors in a rich diversity of disciplines—from toxicology to archaeology to philosophy— this book is an excellent resource for students and scholars studying both freshwater systems and…

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Fucking Idiot Doesn’t Understand Relationship Between Surplus Value and Profit

Worker's Spatula

Shaikh

NEW YORK – Anwar Shaikh found himself confronted by a rival Marxist economist at a conference earlier this week over his approach to the transformation problem. Despite Shaikh’s obviously superior understanding of economics at large and Marxism in particular, he found it quite difficult to convince his idiotic shithead rival that the transformation problem was little more than a simple accounting issue that anyone whose brain isn’t entirely filled with shit should immediately be able to grasp:

“Are you actually fucking stupid?” enquired Shaikh of the upstart bastard who dared question his theoretical approach, “How can you not understand the transfer of value between the circuits of capital and revenue? Profit is mainly derived from surplus value, but not exclusively! Go read the first pages of ‘Theories of Surplus Value’, and learn what profit upon alienation is.

“You dumb fuck,” concluded the Economics professor from the New School for Social…

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Why Society Needs Historians

The Social Historian

‘Society doesn’t need a 21-year-old who is a sixth century historian. It needs a 21-year-old who really understands how to analyse things, understands the tenets of leadership and contributing to society, who is a thinker and someone who has the potential to help society drive forward.’

Thus spake Patrick Johnston, Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, in a newspaper interview on 30 May this year.

In doing so, he not only proved the old adage that ‘To err is human, but to really foul things up requires Management’, but he also singlehandedly alienated half of his staff, and pretty much the whole historical profession.

Johnston, it must be remembered, was an oncologist before going into university leadership, so he’s one of the Good Guys. He deserves our respect.

But this doesn’t stop this being stupid, philistine, nonsense. A university VC who doesn’t understand what the humanities do would be…

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Making Boring Things Unboring: ASEH 2017

Erstwhile: A History Blog

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Erstwhile guest contributor Kerri Clement (PhD student, CU Boulder) gives us her report on the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History that took place last week in Chicago.

After attending last week’s American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) conference, I struggled with how to recap my experience at the 2017 meeting. This writer’s block was due in part to the fact I don’t know how to distill the experience of what was a diverse and wide-ranging program into something that would not just be a chaotic celebration of scholarship. From topics on space junk, winds, capitalism, dogs, horses, mining, and education, to presidential roundtables on diversity and poetry slams, the list went on for pages. Looking at the program, I could not decide and was frequently torn with making the excruciating decision about which panel to attend. Over the course of the conference and…

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Historia del Río Chagres

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Historia del Río Chagres

Jaime Massot

El río Chagres, desde el punto de vista hidrológico, ha sido meticulosamente observado y estudiado desde que los franceses iniciaron la construcción de un canal a nivel en 1881. Sin embargo, su historia se remonta varios siglos antes cuando, para los conquistadores españoles, era fundamental encontrar una vía de comunicación entre los dos océanos que pusiera en contacto a España con las recién conquistadas tierras de Perú y Bolivia.

Este río se llamó originalmente “Río de los Lagartos”, nombre puesto por Cristóbal Colón en su cuarto viaje, en 1502. “Chagre” era el nombre del jefe indígena que controlaba la parte alta del Chagres durante la conquista española; con el tiempo se le empezó a llamar “el Río de Chagre.” Este nombre continuó por unos años hasta que alguien le añadió la letra “s” y desde entonces se llama río Chagres.

Rio Chagres. El antiguo grabado muestra la gran actividad que tuvo el Rio Chagres y la importancia como medio de comunicación a través del Istmo

La idea de un…

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Don Ricardo Alegría: Keeper of Puerto Rico’s History and Culture

Los Afro-Latinos

I feel comfortable saying no individual in contemporary times embodied Puerto Rico’s history, its traditions, was more revered by his countrymen, or more closely associated with telling its story than the incomparable Don Ricardo Alegría.

This post honors Dr. Ricardo Alegria at the first year anniversary of his passing on July 7, 2012. He lived a long, accomplished life and  deeply loved his homeland, Puerto Rico. To say his knowledge and memory of Puerto Rico, the island he called home for 90 years, was encyclopedic would be an understatement. Known as “The Father of Modern Puerto Rican Archaeology,” Don Ricardo Alegría spent his life exploring, investigating, researching, writing about Puerto Rico’s history, including its African legacy.

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Intervention Symposium – “Did We Accomplish the Revolution in Geographic Thought?”

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44 years ago we published David Harvey’s essay “Revolutionary and Counter-Revolutionary Theory in Geography and the Problem of Ghetto Formation”. Taking geographers to task, demanding some serious self-criticism, it was subject to its fair share of discussion and debate then, has re-appeared in a few venues over the years (from Harvey’s own Social Justice and the City, to our “best of”, and a number of criticalreaders), and, we’re pleased to say, it’s still providing food for thought today…

At the 2016 AAG annual meeting in San Francisco, Joaquín Villanueva organised a panel session, “Did We Accomplish the Revolution in Geographic Thought?”, inviting participants Matthew Hannah, George Henderson, Don Mitchell, Jenny Pickerill, Robert Ross and Simon Springer to consider the meaning of Harvey’s call for revolutionary auto-critique today: Does it still apply? How have the stakes changed? What is the battle over now? What does contemporary radical geographic thought look like? And what is its value…

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Navidad en tiempo de Herodes

Leonardo Boff

La Navidad de este año será diferente de otras navidades. Generalmente es la fiesta de confraternización de las familias. Para los cristianos es la celebración del divino Niño que vino para asumir nuestra humanidad y a hacerla mejor.

En el contexto actual, sin embargo, en su lugar asomó la terrible figura de Herodes el Grande (73 a.C – 4 a.C.) ligado a la matanza de inocentes. Celoso de su poder, oyó que había nacido en su reino, Judea, un niño-rey. Y ordenó degollar a todos los niños menores de dos años. Entonces se oyó una de las palabras más dolientes de toda la Biblia: “En Ramá se oyó una voz, gemidos y mucho llanto: Es Raquel que llora a sus hijos y no quiere ser consolada porque ya no existen” (Mt 2,18).

Esta historia del asesinato de inocentes continúa de otra forma. Las políticas ultracapitalistas impuestas por el gobierno actual…

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Fragmentos de correo electrónico

Lugares Imaginarios: Literatura Puertorriqueña Archivo de crítica y creación

  • José Liboy Erba y Mario R. Cancel Sepúlveda

Mario:

Esta mañana, la revista salió para Hormigueros. El cartero estaba bastante alegre, y se dará cuenta cuando reciba el paquete, porque era auditor y ahora trabaja para la Compañía Telefónica en sus ratos libres. El primer consejo que me dio fue cerrar el cuadro de llamadas, puesto que una Maratónica Argentina se llevó, si no me equivoco, todas las cartas que nos escribimos la poeta y yo, con las de Yara Liceaga, y entonces lo vacié para que la Maratónica se quede con el material. Confirme, si quiere, el contenido de la revista que le mando. Debe tener todos los poemas que usted y Alberto publicaron, con algunos otros, el texto Simón dice, y una pequeña obra de teatro para radio. La revista incluye poemas de Lilliana Ramos Collado y Roberto Net Carlo. Ambos aparecen en las glosas de Che, que…

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