From multispecies tangles and Anthropocene muddles: what can lichen teach us about precarity and indeterminacy in early childhood

Osgood, Jayne ORCID logoORCID: (2022) From multispecies tangles and Anthropocene muddles: what can lichen teach us about precarity and indeterminacy in early childhood. In: Children and the Power of Stories: Posthuman and Autoethnographic Perspectives in Early Childhood Education. Blyth, Carmen and Aslanian, Teresa K., eds. Children: Global Posthumanist Perspectives and Materialist Theories . Springer, Singapore, pp. 51-67. ISBN 9789811692864, pbk-ISBN 9789811692895, e-ISBN 9789811692871. [Book Section] (doi:10.1007/978-981-16-9287-1_5)

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This paper pursues storytelling in the Anthropocene as a method of earthly survival and multispecies flourishing from capitalist ruins. Storytelling emerged from (an accidental method of) walking-with during a global pandemic; the figure of the modern-day flâneuse is mobilised as a feminist praxis to investigate infected, entangled and affective relationalities between the human, non-human and more-than-human as they unfold in the daily tangles to emerge from lock-down life in the city. It is through the art of noticing (Tsing, 2015) and the arts of living on a damage planet (Tsing et al., 2017) that a commitment to engaging with the ordinary, mundane and habitual muddle, that the world is viewed, sensed and encountered through a different set of optics. The stories that are told about lichen, a dead pigeon, and a deadly virus are curated from a specific geopolitical moment where the early childhood workforce, as a highly gendered and classed group of ‘essential’ frontline workers, suffer disproportionately. Storytelling provides a means to attune to life in Anthropocene that emphasises precarity, indeterminacy and hope. It is only by recognising that trans-corporeality demands an ethical response-ability to all life forms (Alaimo, 2016) that we might find a means of earthly survival

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Series ISSN: 2523-3408
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education
Item ID: 31944
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