Alternatives to the Anthropocene

RHR Issue 145 Cover Image, picture of beach with buried speed-limit 45 sign in dunes

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Alternatives to the Anthropocene

This issue of Radical History Review examines the heterogeneous imaginaries and social movements struggling against the social and environmental destruction of the Anthropocene, the notion of a homogenous humanity driving the geological era of climate change.


Matthew Shutzer and Arpitah Kodiveri examine extractive economies and the origins of subterranean sovereignty in the colonization of the Indian subcontinent. Adam Quinn offers a transnational intellectual history of anarchist environmentalist politics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Christian Høgsbjerg traces a thread of environmental analysis through C.L.R. James’s The Black Jacobins and his subsequent thinking in his critiques of state capitalism. Michela Coletta examines the activism and decolonial thought of Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, who fought against extractivism’s roots in the binary division of the human and natural worlds. Lakendrick Richardson combines memoir and analyses of community-based movements to examine environmental racism and organizing against it in the Alabama Black Belt.


Iva Peša shows how different communities learn to live with and against extractive economies in Zambia, South Africa, and Nigeria. Zoe Goldstein highlights the intersections between housing justice and environmental activism in Oakland, California.


Organizers and academics convene in this roundtable examining the intertwined root causes of and struggles for environmental and migrant justice.

Curated Spaces

Francesco Martone and Rosa Jijón examine the collaborations between Latin American artists and Indigenous communities against extractivism. Sharing works from Museum of Nonhumanity, Terike Haapoja delves into the exclusions from humanity that legitimize exploitation and oppression.


Caption and credit for cover image: SeedBroadcast and Acoma Ancestral Lands Farm Corp, Seed: Climate Change Resilience, Summer documentary photograph, August 2016.