Resistance: A Journal of Radical Environmental Humanities

Resistance: A Journal of Radical Environmental Humanities

 Edited by Marco Armiero


eISSN 2996-4849


Resistance aims to establish itself as a hub for radical scholarship within the field of environmental humanities. If you’re wondering what ‘radical’ means in the context of environmental humanities, here’s our working definition:

Radical environmental humanities encompass any approach that challenges the current status quo in both society and academia, aligning with grassroots movements and marginalized individuals, while contributing to research that fosters more equitable socioecological relationships.

Yet, this definition is not static; it serves as a launching point for collective exploration. Our project with Resistance will involve a deep dive into the multi-faceted realm of radical environmental humanities. We hope that, as readers engage with our journal, there will be no doubt that what they encounter embodies the essence of radical environmental humanities.

Table Of Contents

Volume 10, No. 3 (Fall 2023)


Queer Resilience and Climate Catastrophe in Black Wave
Cynthia Belmont 

From Watershed Colonialism to Hydroredemption: River Restoration, Care, and Collective Action in River Documentary
Sigma Colón 

Ocean Literacy and Marine Environmental Narratives: Interpretations of Sustainability in the Deep Sea
Susanna Lidström 

Zoonotic Affinities: Woman-Dog Sickness and Multispecies Becoming in Elena Ferrante’s Days of Abandonment and Virginia Woolf ’s Flush
Phillip Drake 

“Up from Dirt”: Excavating Geologic Energy Potential in Anzia Yezierska’s Bread Givers
Cassandra Galantine 

The Bone Machine in the Garden: Listening to Tom Waits in the Anthropocene
Jim Coby

Submissions & Book Reviews

Resistance: A Journal of Radical Environmental Humanities is now accepting interdisciplinary submissions to fit the new theme of the journal. We welcome contributions from any discipline or interdisciplinary blend. Additionally, we are open to non-academic submissions, including creative writing, poetry, activist reports, and other forms of expression. While submissions can vary in length, please note that we will not publish texts exceeding 7,000 words. Please send all submissions through Editorial Manager.


Resistance publishes reviews of books, films, TV series, websites, podcasts, event series or panels, and artworks (e.g., music, soundworks, audio and/or visual, dance). We welcome reviews of scholarly and/or creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, graphic novels, young adult, and genre-radical books and artworks, including visual, audio, and performance-based exhibits or projects. The reviewed works may be in any language; however, at this point, all the reviews will be published in English. We prefer to publish reviews of works forthcoming or emerging within the current year and will also consider older, even historic works that warrant more attention. We will prioritize reviews of and by authors/creators of underrepresented identities. If you wish to propose a review, please consider that you must declare that no conflict of interest is in place.
Reviews should be 1500 words or fewer and discuss how a work challenges the dominating status quo, surfaces all-too-resilient and oppressive norms, and/or refuses and rejoinders them, and/or spotlight ways that a work fails to do so. The article can reach 2500 words in cases where it will deal with more than one work.

To propose a film, documentary, website, or podcast for review, please contact Carlos Tabernero at

To propose a book for review, please contact Roberta Biasillo at

Resistance encourages authors to engage with and cite sources and scholarship historically excluded from the academy. As a radical collective, we foster diversity in all its forms and ask our authors to be self-reflexive about the many biases that mark our academic work. 

Proposal for a Special Issue
Resistance: A Journal of Radical Environmental Humanities welcomes proposals for special issues on any theme within the field of environmental humanities, broadly defined. We request that guest editors submit a proposal including the following:
A brief presentation of the special issue that explains its relevance to the concept of radical environmental humanities. The proposal should also include a tentative schedule (maximum 500 words).
A synopsis of the articles, including the names of the authors and concise bios for each of them (350 words).
Please note that a special issue should not exceed 270,000 characters in total, including spaces. Ideally, this would allow for six articles of approximately 45,000 characters each. We encourage you to send proposals for special issues, intervention series, experiments, or any other innovative projects to
Other Proposals

In addition to special issues and individual articles, Resistance also welcomes creative proposals that align with the journal's objectives. Feel free to contact us if you have an idea for a series of contributions.

Editorial Board

Editor in Chief

Marco Armiero is an ICREA  (Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies) Research Professor at the Institut d’Història de la Ciència (IHC) – Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. Marco has worked at the intersection of environmental history, political ecology, and environmental humanities. His scholarship has always been committed to social and environmental justice, bridging academia and communities.

Founding Editors

Stephanie Foote (West Virginia University)

Stephanie LeMenager (University of Oregon)


Editorial collective EC

This body will be in charge of collectively leading the journal.

  1. Marco Armiero
  2. Ashley Dawson – Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center, and at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York. Ashley’s works on urban ecological crisis, extinction, and energy democracy have been deeply influential among scholars and activists.
  3. David Pellow – Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. David is a key scholar in the field of environmental and social justice, serving in several community-based, national, and international organizations.
  4. Hanna Musiol – professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Hanna is an interdisciplinary scholar of rights, transmedia storytelling, literature, and community arts.
  5. Gisela Heffes – Research Professor of Latin American Literatures and Culture at Johns Hopkins University. Gisela is a writer, ecocritic, and public intellectual with a particular focus on literature, media, and environmental humanities.
  6. Carlos Tabernero – Associate Professor of History of Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Carlos is an expert on films and media studies and will be the film and media review editor of Resistance.
  7. Roberta Biasillo – Assistant Professor of Political History at the University of Utrecht, specializing in political regimes, environments, and resource management, will take on the role of Book Review Editor for Resistance.
  8. One representative from the Radical Environmental Humanities Collective. 

Advisory Board AB

This board has the task of advising the EC on its strategic and long-term plans. They will also help in widening the scope and reach of the journal.

  1. Rob Nixon
  2. Gregg Mitman
  3. Serenella Iovino
  4. Shen Hou
  5. Stacy Alaimo
  6. Julie Sze
  7. Felipe Milanez
  8. Alagona, Peter
  9. Dennis, Matthew
  10. Salvio Paula
  11. Cecilia Asberg
  12. Wood, Gillen
  13. Agusti Nieto Galan
  14. Damir Arsenijevic
  15. Adeline Johns Putra
  16. Malcom Ferdinand
  17. Giovanna Di Chiro
  18. Lesley Green
  19. Peggy Karpouzou

Radical environmental humanities collective RC

This wide body comprises early career researchers who will be involved in bringing all kinds of creative experiments to the journal. In particular, the RC will curate the section on public environmental humanities.

  1. Daniele Valisena  – Post-Doc in Environmental Humanities at Spiral, Research Center in Science, Technology, and Society, based at the University of Liège, Belgium. I work on the interplay between environmental history and migration, urban political ecology, and history of science, touching upon walking as a method, oral history, and critical heritage.
  2. Ilenia Iengo – Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD fellow of WEGO-ITN in Feminist Political Ecology, at BCNUEJ ICTA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She is a chronically ill scholar-activist from Naples in southern Italy working at the crossroad of environmental humanities, feminist political ecology, and disability justice.
  3. Chiara Braucher – PhD student at the Univeristy of Trento, Italy. I work on environmental conflicts, especially in areas of extraction, and guerrilla narratives.
  4. Alexandra D’Angelo – anthropologist/sociologist and Post-Doc researcher in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Bologna (Italy). I work on disaster and post-disaster contexts, through a political-ecological approach.
  5. Elisa (Lizzy) Privitera – Postdoc at the Just Urban Transitions cluster at the University of Toronto-Scarborough (Canada)  I work on community-based research in risk landscapes and marginalized neighborhoods. 
  6. Gilberto Mazzoli – Postdoc researcher in environmental history at the University of Konstanz, ERC project OffTheRoad. My PhD research merged environmental history, US urban history, and Italian migration history.
  7. Giusy Pappalardo – Assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Catania (IT). I have been long engaged in action research processes, and I have been recently working at the intersection between landscape planning and insurgent museologies.
  8. Salvatore Paolo De Rosa – Postdoc at the Center for Applied Ecological Thinking (CApE), University of Copenhagen (Denmark). I work on grassroots environmentalism, collective action for sustainability and justice, socio-environmental conflicts and climate justice politics.
  9. Lucas Barberos – Ph.D. student at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. I work on environmental conflicts.
  10. Lucia Munoz Sueiro – Ph.D. student at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. I work on degrowth and communities’ identities.
  11. Jesse Peterson – Lecturer | Assistant Professor, Radical Humanities Laboratory at University College Cork, I research human relationships to each other and the environment, so that people can better resolve environmental challenges and achieve more just and mutually beneficial societies. My work cuts across the disciplines of geography, science and technology studies, cultural studies, creative writing, and related fields.
  12. Santiago Gorostiza
  13. Sergio Ruiz Cayuela – Postdoc at Universitat de Barcelona. My main interests are commoning, social reproduction and environmental justice. I mobilize a transdisciplinary approach that conceptually draws from critical geography, political ecology and the environmental humanities; and is methodologically related to militant research and militant ethnography.
  14. Jonte Palombad  – editor and soon PhD at the Rachel Carson Center (Germany).I work across disciplines but chiefly combine environmental history, history of ideas, history of technology, philosophy, literature, psychology, and cognition to make sense of human–environment interaction. Part of what I consider “radical” is the refusal to submit to disciplines, but radicality has and should have many dimensions.
  15. Nuno Marques – Postdoc at the Environmental Humanities Lab, KTH. My work crosses artistic research, poetics, cultural studies, science and technology studies and political ecology. I am a poet and translator too.
  16. Brianna Castro – Assistant Professor of Environmental Sociology, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee USA). My main research and teaching interests are in the social effects of climate change and I specialize in research on climate mobilities, everyday adaptation to the changing climate, and equitable conservation and land management. I take a global approach to my research and apply a climate justice lens.
  17. Nathalie Cappellini – Researcher at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), history department. I work at the intersection between political and environmental history and STS on energy in South America (and notably Amazonian countries) in the 20th century. I’m especially interested in how State power is imprinted into space during energy projects and also the resistances that emerge, and the emergence of environmental policies. 
  18. George Vlachos – Associate Researcher at the National Hellenic Research Foundation and President of the Hellenic Society for Environmental History. My main scholarly goal is to politicize large scale technical works in Greek history and to interpret them as efforts of a nationalist state to extend its grip on the several Others of the Greek countryside.
  19. Georgio Velegrakis – Adjunct Faculty at the History and Philosophy of Science Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. My research and teaching focuses on extractivism, environmental history of technology, history of extractive activities as well as envrionmental conflicts and movements.
  20. Roberta Biasillo – Assistant Professor of Political History at the University of Utrecht. My research interests lie at the confluence of political regimes, environments, and resource management. I have worked on property regimes and state policies; Italian fascist environments, and colonial ecologies of Libya.
  21. Ethemcan Turhan – Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning, University of Groningen (the Netherlands). My main research and teaching interests are situated in the broadly defined field of political ecology with empirical attention to environmental conflicts, energy infrastructures, social movements, and climate mobilities.
  22. Onur Inal – Environmental Historian University of Wien. I work on the environmental history of the Middle East and Ottoman Empire
  23. Nikoleta Zampaki, Post-doc Researcher, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  24. Natasha Augusto Barbosa – PhD researcher in Environmental History at the Postgraduate Program in History of Sciences and Health at Casa de Oswaldo Cruz – Fiocruz. My dissertation dealt with the environmental and the urban history of the city of Rio de Janeiro, focusing on the reforestation process of the Morro da Babilônia favela in 1995. I am a member of the History and Nature Laboratory at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Currently, my research focuses on the voluntary process of afforesting urban areas in the city of Rio de Janeiro in the 20th century, at the intersection of collective actions to improve the urban climate. ( (


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