Apprehensions: Six Senses of the World


Mellon/ACLS Scholars and Society Fellowships




For residence at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC


This volume of intertwined essays is a critical and aesthetic intervention in the intersecting crises of rapid technological and ecological change. Structurally similar to Calvino’s “Six Memos for the Next Millennium,” “Apprehensions” develops six new theoretical nodes for the environmental humanities: balance as a sense of connection, intuition as a sense of direction, empathy as a sense of ethics, sexuality as a sense of animality, culture as a sense of time, and art as a sense of ambiguity. The project makes an argument about the importance of these “senses,” and the ways in which new technologies are reshaping them, through close-readings of literature, art, popular culture, and science. It will articulate a consideration of public engagement with art and the environmental humanities researched during a residency at the North Carolina Museum of Art.