Kathryn Yusoff Senior Fellow

Kathryn Yusoff
November 2019 - February 2020


Kathryn Yusoff is Professor of Inhuman Geography at Queen Mary University of London. She works on questions of subjectivity and materiality in the context of dynamic earth events, and is informed by geophilosophy, black feminist theory, earth sciences and aesthetics. She has recently completed a book entitled, A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) that addresses the raciality of matter in the geologic grammars of the Anthropocene. Currently, she is finishing another book on “Geologic Life” about the politics of nonlife and historical geologies of race. She sees the role of geography as an interdisciplinary space for elucidating on the connections between social and geologic relations, and for understanding what the earth as praxis. She has published widely in Social Text, Theory, Culture and Society, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Space and Culture, Cultural Geographies, PhiloSOPHIA, Science and Culture, Radical Philosophy, as well as regular contributions to arts publications and online platforms. Recent edited collections include a co-edited (with Nigel Clark) issue of Theory Culture and Society on “Geosocial Formations in the Anthropocene” and on “Indeterminate Bodies” for Body & Society, and on “Geoengineering” for Environment and Planning A.
Dated from 2020

Fields of Research

Earth Sciences & Theory; Anthropocene; Geophilosophy; Aesthetics; Materiality; Race.

IKKM Research Project

Geologies of Race

Geology is a discipline that explains the Earth through the codification of matter and time. It is world-making and future building. The conventions of geology, including surveying, identifying, classifying and valuing materiality, established and perpetuated colonial cartographies. Bodies, personhood and relation are caught up in the ontological wake of this violent geology. In the context of the Anthropocene, Geologies of Race seeks to speculatively engage with a future beyond extraction and inundation.



A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None, University of Minnesota Press 2018.


Geologic Realism: On the beach of Geologic Time, in: Social Text 37 (1), 2019, Article 138. (reprinted in Climate Realism: The Aesthetics and Politics of Climate Change Eds. Badia, L. Cetinic, M and Diamanti, J. forthcoming).
White Utopia/Black Inferno: Life on a Geologic Spike, in: E-Flux, 97, 2019.
mit Clark, N.: Queer Fire: Ecology, Combustion and Pyrosexual Desire, in: Feminist Review 118(1), 2018, 7–24.
Geosocial Strata. SI. Geosocial Formations and the Anthropocene, in: Theory, Culture & Society. 34(2-3), 2017, 105-127.
mit: Grosz, E., Clark, N.: Geopower. Interview with Elizabeth Grosz, in: Theory, Culture & Society. 34(2-3), 2017, 129-146.
mit Povinelli, E., Coleman, M.: Geontopower, biopolitics, and the Anthropocene: Interview with Elizabeth Povinelli, in: Theory, Culture & Society. 34(2-3), 2017, S. 169-185.
mit Clark, N.: Geosocial Formations in the Anthropocene, in: Theory, Culture & Society. 34(2-3), 2017, 3-23.
Indeterminate Subjects, Irreducible Worlds: Two Economies of Indeterminacy, in: SI. Indeterminate Bodies. Body & Society, 2017, 75-101.
mit Waterton, C: Indeterminate Bodies, in: Body & Society, 2017, 3–22.
Politics of the Anthropocene: Formation of the Commons as a Geologic Process, in: Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 2017, 1-22.
Epochal Aesthetics: Affectual Infrastructures of the Anthropocene, in: E-Flux, 2017.
Queer Coal: genealogies in/of the Blood, in: SI on Anthropocene PhiloSOPHIA: Journal of Continental Feminism 5(2), 2015, 203–230.
Anthropogenesis: Origins and Endings in the Anthropocene, in: Theory, Culture & Society, 33(2), 2015, 3–28.
Geologic subjects: nonhuman origins, geomorphic aesthetics and the art of becoming in human, in: Cultural Geographies 22(3), 2015, 383-407.
mit Clark, N.: Combustion and Society: A Fire-Centred History of Energy Use, in: Theory, Culture & Society, 31(5), 2014, 203-226.
“The Anthropocene frack” in After the Anthropocene: Politics and geographic inquiry for a new epoch, in: Progress in Human Geography 38:3, 2014, 439–456.
Geologic Life: Prehistory, Climate, Futures in the Anthropocene, in: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 31(5), 2013, 779-795.
Insensible Worlds: Postrelational Ethics, Indeterminacy and the (k)Nots of Relating, in: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31(2), 2013, 208-226.
The Geoengine: Geoengineering and the Geopolitics of Planetary modification, in: Environment and Planning A, 45(12), 2013, 2799-2808.
mit Grosz, E., Clark, N., Saldanha, A., & Nash, C.: Geopower: A Panel on Elizabeth Grosz's Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth, in: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 30(6), 2012, 971-988.
Aesthetics of loss: biodiversity, banal violence and biotic subjects, in: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 37(4), 2012, 578-592.
mit Holm, P., Goodsite, M. E., Cloetingh, S., Agnoletti, M., Moldan, B., Lang, D. J., Zondervan, R.: Collaboration between the natural, social and human sciences in Global Change Research, in: Environmental Science and Policy, 28, 2012, 25-35.
mit Gabrys, J.: Arts, Sciences and Climate Change: Practices and Politics at the Threshold, in: Science as Culture, 21(1), 2012, 1-24.
mit Gabrys, J.: Climate change and the imagination, in: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 2(4), 2011, 516-534.
The valuation of nature: the Natural Choice white paper, in: Radical Philosophy, 170, 2011, 2-7.

“Bone-deep Nuclear Colonialism", in: Technosphare. Berlin: Matthes & Seitz 2019.
“The Anthropocene and Geographies of Geopower”, in: Handbook on the Geographies of Power, ed. John Agnew and Matthew Coleman. Edward Elgar Publishing 2018, 203-216.
mit Hird, M.: “Lines of Shite: Traversing Plateaus in Microbial-Mineral Evolution”, in: Posthuman Ecologies: Complex and Process after Deleuze, ed. Simone Bignall and Rosi Braidotti, Rowman & Littlefield 2018.
mit Thomas, M.: “Anthropocene”, in: The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Animal Studies, eds. Lyn Turner, Ron Brogolio and Undine Sellbach,Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press 2018.
mit Thomas, M.: “Geology”, in: Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender, ed. Stacy Alaimo. Macmillian 2017.
“Geologic Expulsions”, in: Open Spatial Workshop: Converging in Time, Monash University Museum of Art (Monash), 2017, 121-145.
“Fire”, in: A Jar of Wild Flowers: John Berger at 90, ed. Puwar, N and Gunaratnam, Y. London: Zed Books 2016.
mit Hird, M.: “Subtending Relations: Bacteria, Geology, and the Possible”, in: Genealogies of Speculation, ed. Suhail Malik and Armen Avanessian, London: Continuum Press 2018, 19–342.
“Anthropocene Manifesto”, in: Anthropocene Monument, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse 2015. Unpaigninated.
Biopolitical Economies and the Political Aesthetics of Climate Change, in: Theory, Culture & Society, 27(2-3), 2010, 73-99.