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Crossing the Line, or, Death at the Equator
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment. Environmental Humanities, University of Utah.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0634-8839
2016 (English)In: GeoHumanities, ISSN 2373-566XArticle in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) [Artistic work] Published
Abstract [en]

Starting from crossing the equator every week in the back of a truck on Ecuador’s coastline, this personal essay reflects on the equator as a geographical and cultural space. Specifically, I focus in on “crossing the line,” a ceremony symbolizing triumph over death to think on how death, a common biological experience, is constructed as a site for domestication or control. In light of human-induced ecological change including mass extinction, I argue that we cannot be amnesiatic about death’s rage. The essay wonders what humans might gain from no longer trying to “cross” over and instead trying to reside in the chaotic landscape of imagination: the abode of death.

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Taylor & Francis, 2016.
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Anthropocene, crossing the line, death, equator, personal essay
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Humanities Literary Composition
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-193661DOI: 10.1080/2373566X.2016.1198237OAI: diva2:1033523

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Available from: 2016-10-07 Created: 2016-10-07 Last updated: 2016-10-10Bibliographically approved

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