Glossary

This Glossary offers entries and pathways for researching, thinking about, and critically reflecting on socially caused planetary change – and also for thinking about what it means to do these things in or from Geneva. The following “glosses” of keywords encountered in the discourses of the so-called Anthropocene are meant to provide initial orientation to a dynamic situation of emerging knowledges and reflection, and to indicate some relevant sources and research communities; they are not meant to constitute, already or too quickly, an exhaustive compendium of completed concepts (definitions). It includes terms that are now commonly used by specialists, as well as special meanings of common terms. It also includes terms important to the conception, methodology, and positioning of the TAAG research project. In the context of this online Atlas, the Glossary is a place for raising tough questions; it is also a place where humor, irony, and satire have been encouraged to appear. There are diverse forms of writing and expression in these entries, as well as different points of view. The French and English versions of the Glossary will necessarily be somewhat different, translation being an encounter of non-identicals. All this said, the TAAG Glossary aims to be pleasurable, as well as helpfully informative and stimulating.

Some entries have been written collaboratively by the TAAG research group or individually by single members (the latter signed with initials: AG for Aurélien Gamboni, GR for Gene Ray, JS for Janis Schroeder, and KMS for Kate McHugh Stevenson). Other entries have been contributed by members of the TAAG advisory research group and its supporting networks; attribution of these will always include the full name of the author. The Glossary is a work in progress that will continue to grow until the completion of the TAAG research project at the end of 2018, at which time it will be archived here in its final form. You are welcome to share, to think with, and to détourn these entries, but if you cite or reproduce them please give full attribution to individual authors, when these have been given, and to the TAAG project, and please mark clearly any modifications you make. All the contents of this website are covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International License.