Phillip Campanile

PhD Candidate, Geography w/ Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory
BA Cognitive Science, Northwestern University; MA English, University of Oregon; MA Comparative Literature, SUNY Buffalo

*The genealogy of the production of space bears a dialectical relationship to the history of its appropriation.*

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My work addresses the historical co-constitution of geology and political economy to demonstrate how conceptions of “earth” and “land” shape a number of contemporary imperial practices but especially – and perhaps unsuspectingly – contemporary climate change treaties. By deconstructing the underlying conceptual framework of programs such as REDD+, I seek to demonstrate how traditional global powers look to ensure geopolitical dominance through climate change politics, not despite of them. With this in mind, I analyze contemporary – and often problematic – calls to re-situate our thinking about the earth, whether by re-framing the earth’s history as Anthropocene or by re-mythologizing it as Gaia.
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Interests include: critical theory, history of science, post-colonial theory, Romantic critique of the Enlightenment and technology, reason and myth, agrarian transition, Marxism, mimesis, landscape and representation, aesthesis, phenomenology.