29 Feb CFP: Climate Realism: The Aesthetics of Weather, Climate, and Atmosphere

Climate Realism
The Aesthetics of Weather, Climate, and Atmosphere

Edited by Lynn Badia, Marija Cetinić, and Jeff Diamanti

Climate Realism names the challenge of representing and conceptualizing climate in the era of climate change. Climate has traditionally referenced the weather it gathers, the mood it creates, and the settings it casts. In the era of the Anthropocene — the contemporary epoch in which geologic conditions and processes are overwhelmingly shaped by human activity — climate indexes not only atmospheric forces but the whole of human history: the fuels we use, the lifestyles we cultivate, the industrial infrastructures and supply chains we build, and the possible futures we may encounter. In other words, with every weather event, we have become acutely aware that the forces indexed by climate are as much social, cultural, and economic as they are environmental, natural, and physical. By starting with this fundamental insight, this book intervenes in the well-established political and scientific discourses of climate change by catalyzing and consolidating the emerging aesthetic and conceptual project of mediating the various forces embedded in climate.

Climate Realism is an occasion to rethink the aesthetics and politics of climate in its myriad forms; to capture climate’s capacity to express embedded histories; to map the formal strategies of representation that have turned climate into cultural content; and to index embodied currents of past and future climates.  How is realism – in both the aesthetic history of representation and the philosophical tradition that underwrites it – transformed by contending with our new experience of climate in the Anthropocene? What, if anything, separates first and second nature in an age contoured by climate crisis, and what does this mean for a history of philosophy premised on their difference? In order to temper climate change— to apprehend its complexity, to address its short and long term consequences, to mitigate its many sources—Climate Realism boldly claims we must develop new aesthetic theories and projects.

This book will collect new accounts and theories of climate from scholars and artists engaged in the environmental humanities, and it promises to archive and clarify the emergent aesthetic economy and formal strategies of “climate realism.” We seek theoretically engaged entries that address a range of formal strategies and experiments in the representation of climate, across various mediums such as novels, poetry, film, photography, and new media projects.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • the politics of weather
  • aesthetics of atmosphere
  • atmospherics of oceans, forests, deserts, mountains, etc.
  • human engineered weather / geoengineering
  • climate as slow violence
  • projections and speculation about future climates
  • weather disasters
  • climate and deep time
  • climate as hyperobject
  • human adaptation to new climates
  • environmental migration and climate refugees
  • mood, affect, and structures of feeling
  • experiences of humidity, wind, heat, frost, etc.
  • climate and extinction (human and non-human)
  • climate and capital
  • energy infrastructures
  • realism vs naturalism
  • historical, new, and speculative materialisms


Final research chapters should be approximately 8000 words in length. To submit a proposal, please send the following to climaterealism@gmail.com:

  • An abstract of at least 500 words
  • Author CV

The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2016.