Extinction Studies Working Group

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Extinction Studies Working Group (website)http://extinctionstudies.org.

We are a group of humanities scholars dedicated to the future of life in this time of extinctions. Our historical moment is one of unprecedented loss of planetary forms of life. Our research and writing is situated in a lively practice that emerges from our entanglement in these processes of loss.

Four main themes inform our work: time, death, generations and extinction. Time carries the emerging richness of intergenerational life on earth. Death is the necessary counterpart to life enabling and nourishing new generations, which constitute ongoing patterns of embodied inheritance. In its current manifestation, extinction is the violent termination of these gifts of time, death and generations.

Our vision for extinction studies is to engage with the profound implications of this cascade of loss.

(Text from Extinction Studies Working Group​)

The Extinction Studies Working Group website contains lists of academic books and articles in a range of disciplinary areas on the significance of extinction in complex multispecies communities. It publishes blog posts or musings by its members, and one can also sign up to its discussion list.