Reading List


This reading list was assembled for students in the 2019 Museum for Future Fossils summer school. It is a work in progress and we are very open to hearing about books, articles, exhibitions, and projects that should be added.



Bennett, Jane. Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.

Bjornerud, Marcia. Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World. Princeton University Press, 2018.

Boddice, Rob, ed. Anthropocentrism: Humans, Animals, Environments. Brill Academic Publishers, 2011.

Boetzkes, Amanda. Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2019.

Bubandt, Nils, Anna Tsing, Heather Swanson, and Elaine Gan, eds. Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Buchanan, Ian Celinna Jeffery, eds. Special Issue: Junk Ocean, Drain, A Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture 12, No. 2 (2016).

Cameron, Fiona and Brett Neilson. Climate Change and Museum Futures. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Cameron, Fiona. Museum Practices and the Posthumanities: Theories and Practices of Life in History, Natural History and Science Museums. New York and London: Routledge, forthcoming, 2019.

Chaudhuri, Una and Shonni Enelow. Research Theatre, Climate Change, and the Ecocide Project: A Casebook. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome, ed. Prismatic Ecology: Ecotheory Beyond Green. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Davis, Heather et. al. Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies. London: Open Humanities Press, 2015.

Demos. TJ. Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today. New York: Sternberg Press, 2017. 

Gabrys, Jennifer, Gay Hawkins and Mike Michael. Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.

Haraway, Donna. Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. 

Heuer, Christopher and Rebecca Zorach, eds. Ecologies, Agents, Terrains. Clark Art Institute, 2018.

Janes, Robert. Museums in a Troubled World: Renewal, Irrelevance or Collapse? London and New York: Routledge, 2009. 

Kennedy, Greg. An Ontology of Trash: The Disposable and its Problematic Nature. SUNY Press, 2012.

Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. Milkweed Editions, 2015.

Lehrer, Erica and Shelley Ruth Butler, eds. Curatorial Dreams: Critics Imagine Exhibitions. McGill-Queens University Press, 2016. 

Lippard, Lucy R. Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West. New York: The New Press, 2014.

McKay, Robin, ed. Collapse VI (Geo-Philosophy). January 2010.

Mitman, Gregg, Armiero, Marco, and Robert S. Emmett. Future Remains: A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. 

Morin, Peter J. Community Ecology, Second Edition. Wiley Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2011. 

Morton, Timothy. Being Ecological. United Kingdom: Penguin Books Ltd., 2018.

Newell, Jennifer, Libby Robin, and Kirsten Wehner, eds. Curating the Future: Museums, Communities, and Climate Change. New York: Routledge, 2017. 

Nixon, Rob. Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013. 

Sharpe, Christina. In the Wake. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. 

Shotwell, Alexis. Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

Simpson, Leanne Betasamosake. As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.

Tsing, Anna. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton University Press, 2017.

Tuck, Eve and Marcia McKenzie. Place in Research: Theory, Methodology, and Methods. London and New York: Routledge, 2015.

Viveiros de Castro, Eduardo and Déborah Danowski. The Ends of the World. Malden, MA: Polity, 2016. 

Wiebe, Sarah Marie. Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada’s Chemical Valley. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017.

Yusoff, Kathryn. A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018.



Barikin, Amelia. “Sound Fossils and Speaking Stones: Towards a Mineral Ontology of Contemporary Art.” In Animism in Art and Performance, Christopher Braddock, ed. London: Palgrave, 2017, pp. 253-76.

Boetzkes, Amanda and Andrew Pendakis. “Visions of Eternity: Plastic and Ontology of Oil.E-Flux Journal (2015). 

Bubandt, Nils and Anna Tsing. “An Ethnoecology for the Anthropocene: How a Former Brown-Coal Mine in Denmark Shows Us the Feral Dynamics of Post-Industrial Ruin.” Journal of Ethnobiology 38.1 (2018), pp. 1-7.

Corcoran, Patricia, Kelly Jazvac, Anika Ballent. “Plastics and the Anthropocene.” Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene 1 (2018): 163-170. 

Davis, Heather, and Zoe Todd. “On the Importance of a Date, Or, Decolonizing the Anthropocene.ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 16, No. 4 (2017): 761-80. 

Dean, Jodi. “The Anamorphic Politics of Climate Change.” E-flux 69 (January 2016). 

Dibley, Ben. “Museums and a Common world: Climate Change, Cosmopolitics, Museum Practice.Museum & Society 9, No. 2 (2011): 154-165.

Dixon, Deborah. “The Perturbations of Drift in a Stratified World.” Performance Research 23.7 (2018): 130-35.

Economopoulos, Beka, “Museums and the Future of a Healthy World: ‘Just, Verdant and Peaceful.’” Curator: The Museum Journal 60, No. 2 (2017): 151-174. 

Haraway, Donna. “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin.Environmental Humanities 6 (2015); 159-165. 

Huang, Michelle. “Ecologies of Entanglement in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Journal of Asian American Studies 20, No. 1 (2017): 95-117.

Humphrey, Philip S. and Leonard Krishtalka. “Can Natural History Museums Capture the Future?BioScience 50, No. 7 (2000): 611-617.  

Kisin, Eugenia. “Archival Predecessors and Indigenous Modernisms: Archives in Contemporary Curatorial Practice on the Northwest Coast.” RACAR: revue d'art canadienne / Canadian Art Review 42, No. 2 (2017): 72-86. 

Lepawsky, Josh and Max Liboiron. “Why Discards, Diverse Economies, and Degrowth?Society & Space Open Forum, special forum on Discards, Diverse Economies, and Degrowth, 2015.

Latour, Bruno. “Agency at the Time of the Anthropocene.” New Literary History 45 (2014): 1-18. 

Manning, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii. “Entangled: Thrown Down and in Relation.” In Gashka’oode, edited by Dolleen Manning, 9-19. London ON: Forest City Gallery, 2014.

Mattern, Shannon. “The Big Data of Ice, Rocks, Soil, and Sediment.Places Journal, November 2017:

Meier, Allison. “Imagine if a Victorian Scientist Studied the Plastic Debris in our Oceans.” Hyperallergic, August 8, 2017.

Möllers, Nina. “Cur(at)ing the Planet – How to Exhibit the Anthropocene and Why.” Environment and Society 3 (2013), pp. 57-66.

Murphy, Jacqueline Shea. “Gathering from Within: Indigenous Nationhood and Tanya Lukin Linklater’s Woman and Water.” Theatre Research International 35, no. 2 (2010): 165–71.

Murphy, Michelle. “Afterlife and Decolonial Chemical Relations.” Cultural Anthropology (2017). 

Peeples, Jennifer. “Toxic Sublime: Imagining Contaminated Landscapes.” Environmental Communication 5, No. 4 (2011): 373-392.

Robertson, Kirsty. “Plastiglomerate.” e-flux journal 78 (2016). 

Simpson, Leanne Betasamosake. “Land as Pedagogy: Nishnaabeg Intelligence and Rebellious Transformation.Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society 3.3 (2014), pp. 1-25.

Sutherland, Erin and Meagan Musseau. “I Don’t Know Where to Find Sweetgrass.Canadian Art 35.3 (Fall 2018), pp. 118-23.

Tsing, Anna. “Earth Stalked by Man.” Cambridge Journal of Anthropology 34.1 (Spring 2016): 2-16.

Tsing, Anna. “Getting By in Terrifying Times.” Dialogues in Human Geography 8.1 (2018): 73-76.

Weeks, Maya. “From the Waterline.” Canadian Art 35.3 (Fall 2018), pp. 102-107.

Winker, Kevin. “Natural History Museums in a Postbiodiversity Era.” BioScience 54, No. 5 (2004): 455-459.

Yusoff, Kathryn. “Geologic Life: Prehistory, Climate, Futures in the Anthropocene.Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 31 (2013): 779-95.

Yusoff, Kathryn. “Geologic Subjects: Nonhuman Origins, Geomorphic Aesthetics and the Art of Becoming Inhuman.” Cultural Geographies 22.3 (2015): 383-407.

Zalasiewicz, Jan, “The geological cycle of plastics and their use as a stratigraphic indicator of the Anthropocene.” Anthropocene 13 (March 2016): 4-17. 

Zurita, Maria de Lourdes Melo et. al. “Un-earthing the Subterranean Anthropocene.” Area 50 (2018): 298-305.



Hannah, Dehlia, and Sara Krajewski. Placing the Golden Spike: Landscapes of the Anthropocene, Milwaukee: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2015.

Lippard, Lucy R, Stephanie Smith, and Andrew C. Revkin. Weather Report: Art and Climate Change. Boulder, Colo.: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts in collaboration with EcoArts, 2007.

Mameni, Sara. The Subterranean Ice Pit. Istanbul: Galerie Mana, 2013.

Sarah (no last name). “The Mystery of Brunaspis enigmatica and the Great Crisis Stratum.” Geological Society of London Blog (April 2016).



Gorman, James. “It Could Be the Age of the Chicken, Geologically.” New York Times (11 December 2018).

Halliday, Matthew. “The Riddle of the Roaming Plastics.” Hakai Magazine (4 December 2018).

Hampton, Chris. “The Green Cube.” Canadian Art (24 September 2018).

Lee, Jae Rhim. My Mushroom Body Suit (Ted Talk), 2011. 

Liboiron, Max. “How Plastic Is a Function of Colonialism.” Teen Vogue (December 2018). 

Lim, XiaoZhi. “These Cultural Treasures are Made of Plastic. Now They’re Falling Apart.” New York Times (August 28, 2018).

Weaver, Caity. “What is Glitter?” New York Times (December 21, 2018).