Invisibility, colors, snow : arctic biosemiotics and the violence of climate change
|Author:||du Plessis, Gitte1|
|Online Access:||PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.6 MB)|
|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2022030922690
|Publish Date:|| 2022-03-09
This article conceptualizes contemporary geopolitical violence in the Arctic through a semiotic register. Different living beings perceive different things, and these differences amount to different worlds, not merely different worldviews. Building on Eduardo Kohn’s reading of the semiotics of Charles Sanders Peirce, and theorists of biosemiotics and ecosemiotics, the article analyses how signs in and between living organisms and their environments are political matters of life and death. Via the themes of invisibility, colors, and snow, the article traces semiotic relations between different living beings and their Arctic ecologies to weave a semiotic understanding of contemporary geopolitical violence in the Arctic and the role of climate change therein. The article defines the violence of climate change as a violence of not being able to recognize oneself, and builds on Eduardo Viveiros de Castro’s concept of multinaturalism to explain what it means that one world ruins other worlds.
Theory, culture & society
|Pages:||167 - 188|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
519 Social and economic geography
Research for this article was funded by the Academy of Finland (grant no. 322254), and SPARCTIC / University of Oulu.
|Academy of Finland Grant Number:||
322254 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
© The Author(s) 2020.