Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > Gods of the Anthropocene

Electronic data

  • Szerszynski - Gods of the Anthropocene - author final version

    Rights statement: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Theory, Culture and Society, 34 (2-3), 2017, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2017 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Theory, Culture and Society page: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/tcs on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com/

    Accepted author manuscript, 587 KB, PDF document

    Available under license: CC BY-NC: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Links

Text available via DOI:

View graph of relations

Gods of the Anthropocene: geo-spiritual formations in the earth’s new epoch

Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineJournal articlepeer-review

Published

Standard

Gods of the Anthropocene : geo-spiritual formations in the earth’s new epoch. / Szerszynski, Bronislaw.

In: Theory, Culture and Society, Vol. 34, No. 2-3, 01.05.2017, p. 253-275.

Research output: Contribution to Journal/MagazineJournal articlepeer-review

Harvard

APA

Vancouver

Author

Szerszynski, Bronislaw. / Gods of the Anthropocene : geo-spiritual formations in the earth’s new epoch. In: Theory, Culture and Society. 2017 ; Vol. 34, No. 2-3. pp. 253-275.

Bibtex

@article{b31cd36523714faa85727609fa5d414a,
title = "Gods of the Anthropocene: geo-spiritual formations in the earth{\textquoteright}s new epoch",
abstract = "In this paper I argue that we need not only to {\textquoteleft}decolonise{\textquoteright} the Anthropocene but also to {\textquoteleft}desecularise{\textquoteright} it – to be aware that in the new age of the Earth we may be coeval with gods and spirits. Drawing particularly on the work of Giles Deleuze, Felix Guattari and Georges Bataille, and using concepts from both thermodynamics and fluid dynamics, I start to develop an interdisciplinary theory of planetary spirit, and use this to speak of both the {\textquoteleft}laminar{\textquoteright} high gods of time that are being invoked to summon the story of Earth{\textquoteright}s ongoing transformation into a canonical mythos, and the turbulent lower spirits of place which manifest particular, situated dynamics on an Earth crossed by interlocking gradients and flows of energy, value, power and entropy. I suggest that what might once have been distinct territorialised {\textquoteleft}cultures{\textquoteright} or {\textquoteleft}natures{\textquoteright} in which humans engaged in particular situated patterns of interaction with animals, spirits and other beings are increasingly being convened into a global multinatural system, what we might call a {\textquoteleft}combined and uneven geo-spiritual formation{\textquoteright}.",
keywords = "Anthropocene, religion, gods, spirits, thermodynamics, semiotics",
author = "Bronislaw Szerszynski",
note = "The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Theory, Culture and Society, 34 (2-3), 2017, {\textcopyright} SAGE Publications Ltd, 2017 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Theory, Culture and Society page: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/tcs on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com/ ",
year = "2017",
month = may,
day = "1",
doi = "10.1177/0263276417691102",
language = "English",
volume = "34",
pages = "253--275",
journal = "Theory, Culture and Society",
issn = "0263-2764",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Ltd",
number = "2-3",

}

RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - Gods of the Anthropocene

T2 - geo-spiritual formations in the earth’s new epoch

AU - Szerszynski, Bronislaw

N1 - The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Theory, Culture and Society, 34 (2-3), 2017, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2017 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Theory, Culture and Society page: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/tcs on SAGE Journals Online: http://journals.sagepub.com/

PY - 2017/5/1

Y1 - 2017/5/1

N2 - In this paper I argue that we need not only to ‘decolonise’ the Anthropocene but also to ‘desecularise’ it – to be aware that in the new age of the Earth we may be coeval with gods and spirits. Drawing particularly on the work of Giles Deleuze, Felix Guattari and Georges Bataille, and using concepts from both thermodynamics and fluid dynamics, I start to develop an interdisciplinary theory of planetary spirit, and use this to speak of both the ‘laminar’ high gods of time that are being invoked to summon the story of Earth’s ongoing transformation into a canonical mythos, and the turbulent lower spirits of place which manifest particular, situated dynamics on an Earth crossed by interlocking gradients and flows of energy, value, power and entropy. I suggest that what might once have been distinct territorialised ‘cultures’ or ‘natures’ in which humans engaged in particular situated patterns of interaction with animals, spirits and other beings are increasingly being convened into a global multinatural system, what we might call a ‘combined and uneven geo-spiritual formation’.

AB - In this paper I argue that we need not only to ‘decolonise’ the Anthropocene but also to ‘desecularise’ it – to be aware that in the new age of the Earth we may be coeval with gods and spirits. Drawing particularly on the work of Giles Deleuze, Felix Guattari and Georges Bataille, and using concepts from both thermodynamics and fluid dynamics, I start to develop an interdisciplinary theory of planetary spirit, and use this to speak of both the ‘laminar’ high gods of time that are being invoked to summon the story of Earth’s ongoing transformation into a canonical mythos, and the turbulent lower spirits of place which manifest particular, situated dynamics on an Earth crossed by interlocking gradients and flows of energy, value, power and entropy. I suggest that what might once have been distinct territorialised ‘cultures’ or ‘natures’ in which humans engaged in particular situated patterns of interaction with animals, spirits and other beings are increasingly being convened into a global multinatural system, what we might call a ‘combined and uneven geo-spiritual formation’.

KW - Anthropocene

KW - religion

KW - gods

KW - spirits

KW - thermodynamics

KW - semiotics

U2 - 10.1177/0263276417691102

DO - 10.1177/0263276417691102

M3 - Journal article

VL - 34

SP - 253

EP - 275

JO - Theory, Culture and Society

JF - Theory, Culture and Society

SN - 0263-2764

IS - 2-3

ER -