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Vertical Fire: For a Pyropolitics of the Subsurface

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Vertical Fire : For a Pyropolitics of the Subsurface. / Clark, Nigel.

In: Geoforum, 14.04.2020.

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title = "Vertical Fire: For a Pyropolitics of the Subsurface",
abstract = "The geopolitical - or more specifically pyropolitical - crisistriggered by combusting fossilized hydrocarbons can be viewed in thecontext of a much longer human history of utilising fire as a means oftraversing and utilizing the Earth's subsurface. The paper develops aconceptual framework to show how the developing fire-subsurface nexusadvances through a succession of different human enfoldings or{\textquoteleft}involutions' of fire that serve to intensify its force. This isexplored at three critical junctures: the earliest hominin uses of firein the geologically active landscape of the Great Rift Valley, thechambering of fire by ancient artisans and the material and politicalsignificance of its products in emergent city-states, and the role ofexplosive weapons in gunpowder empires. Finally, the paper circles backon the question of how revisiting the longue dur{\'e}e of human fire-subsurfaceentanglements might help us conceive of alternative pyropolitical realities.",
keywords = "fire, gunpowder, Human evolution, climate change, subsurface, extraction",
author = "Nigel Clark",
year = "2020",
month = apr
day = "14",
language = "English",
journal = "Geoforum",
issn = "0016-7185",
publisher = "Elsevier",

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KW - gunpowder

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KW - climate change

KW - subsurface

KW - extraction

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