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Indicative Bibliography


Araeen, Rasheed. “Ecoaesthetics: A Manifesto for the Twenty-First Century.” Third Text 23, no. 5 (September 2009): 679–684.

Azoulay, Ariella Aisha. Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism. London: Verso, 2019.


Balin, Amy and Ursula Biemann, eds. Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies. Open Humanities Press, 2015.


Berger, Harry Jr. Second World and Green World: Studies in Renaissance Fiction-Making. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.


Demos, T.J. Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology. Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2016.


Dürbeck, Gabriele. « Narrative des Anthropozän – Systematisierung eines interdisziplinären Diskurses. » Kulturwissenschaftiche Zeitschrift 3, no. 1 (2018): 1-20.


Engell, Lorenz und Berhard Siegert, eds. Focus Mediocene. Sonderheft der Zeitschrift für Medien und Kluturforschung 9, no. 1 (2018).


Haraway, Donna. Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Durham North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2016.


Heuer, Christopher P. and Rebecca. Zorach, eds. Ecologies, Agents, Terrains, Clark Studies in the Visual Arts 15. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018.


Horn, Eva und Hannes Bergthaller. Anthropozän zur Einführung. Hamburg: Junius, 2020.


Ingold, Tim. “The Temporality of the Landscape.” World Archaeology 25, no. 2 (1993): 152-74.


Iovino, Serenella, Enrico Cesaretti, and Elena Past. "Introduction." In Italy and the Environmental Humanities: Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies, edited by Serenella Iovino, Enrico Cesaretti and Elena Past. Under the Sign of Nature, 1-14. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2018.


Latour, Bruno. “Agency at the Time of the Anthropocene.” New Literary History 45 (2014): 1-18.


Latour, Bruno. Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime. English edition. ed. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2018.


Latour Bruno. Facing Gaia: Six Lectures on the Political Theology of Nature. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2013.

Liboiron, Max. Pollution Is Colonialism. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2021.


Renn, Jürgen and Bernd Scherer. Das Anthopozän: zum Stand der Dinge. Berlin: Matthes & Seitz, 2017.


Scherer, Bernd M. und Katrin Klingan, eds. Das Anthropozän-Projekt. Eine Eröffnung. Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2013.

Trouillot, Michel-Rolph. Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History. New York: Beacon, 1995.




Appuhn, Karl. A Forest on the Sea: Environmental Expertise in Renaissance Venice. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.


Coccia, Emanuele. The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture. Cambridge, UK; Medford, MA: Polity Press, 2018.


Conan, Michel and W. John Kress. Botanical Progress, Horticultural Innovation and Cultural Changes. Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, 2007.


Fehrenbach, Frank and Matthias Krüger. Der ache Tag: Naurbilder in der Kunst des 21. Jahrhunderts. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter, 2016.


Gray, Ros and Shela Sheikh. “The Wretched Earth: Botanical Conflicts and Artistic Interventions.” Third Text 32, no. 2–3 (2018): 163–175.


Nemitz, Barbara. Trans Plant: Living Vegetation in Contemporary Art. Ostfildern; New York: Hatje Cantz, 2000.


Schiebinger, Londa L. and Claudia Swan. Colonial Botany: Science, Commerce, and Politics in the Early Modern World. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.


Tomasi, Lucia Tongiorgi. “The Study of the Natural Sciences and Botanical and Zoological Illustration in Tuscany Under the Medicis from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries.” Archives of Natural History 28, no. 2 (June 2001): 179-193.


Tomasi, Lucia Tongiorgi and Gretchen A. Hirschauer, eds. The Flowering of Florence: Botanical Art for the Medici. Washington D.C.: National Gallery of Art.


Transforming Land


Cheetham, Mark A. Landscape Into Eco Art: Articulations of Nature Since the ’60s. College Station, PA: Penn State University Press, 2018.


de Jong, Erik. Nature and Art: Dutch Garden and Landscape Architecture, 1650-1740, Penn Studies in Landscape Architecture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.

Ferdinand, Juliette, ed. From Art to Science: Experiencing Nature in the European Garden, 1500-1700. Treviso, IT: ZeL Edizioni, 2016.


Giesecke, Annette and Naomi Jacobs, eds. Earth Perfect?: Nature, Utopia and the Garden. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2012.


Hunt, John Dixon, ed. The Dutch Garden in the Seventeenth Century. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1990.


Hyde, Elizabeth. “Time and Distance in the Bourbon Landscape: the Strategic Illogicality of the Gardens of Versailles.” Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes 41, no. 1 (2021): 3-21.

Kaiser, Philipp and Miwon Kwon. Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974. Los Angeles and New York: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Prestel, 2012.


Littlewood, Antony, Henry Maguire and Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn, eds. Byzantine Garden Culture. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2002.

McKittrick, Katherine. “Plantation Futures.” Small Axe 17, no. 3 (2013): 1-15.

Ouis, Pernilla. “‘Greening the Emirates’: The Modern Construction of Nature in the United Arab Emirates.” Cultural Geographies 9, no. 3 (2002): 334–347.

Parker, Joseph. Zen Buddhist Landscape Arts of Early Muromachi Japan (1336-1573). Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999.

Pearson, Carig and Judith Nasby. The Cultivated Landscape: An Exploration of Art and Agriculture. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008.

Denis Ribouillault, ed.  Jardiner/ Gardening, Intermédialités. Histoire et théorie des arts, des lettres et des techniques 35, Spring 2020.


Thomas, Greg M. Art and Ecology in Nineteenth-Century France: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.


Thompson, Krista. An Eye for the Tropics: Photography, Tourism, and Framing the Caribbean Picturesque. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.




Bennett, Jane. Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.


Boetzkes, Amanda. Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2019.


Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome, ed. Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects. Washington, DC: Oliphaunt Books, 2012.


Hölling, Hanna. Paik’s Virtual Archive: Time, Change, and Materiality in Media Art. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2017 


Ingold, Tim. “Materials Against Materiality.” Archaeological Dialogues 14, no. 1 (2007): 1-16.


Lehmann, Ann-Sophie. “The Matter as the Medium: Some Tools for an Art-theoretical Interpretation of Materials.” In The Matter of Art: Materials, Practices, Cultural Logistics, c. 1250–1750, edited by Christy Anderson, Anne Dunlop, and Pamela H. Smith, 21-41. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015.


Ng, Morgon. “Toward a Cultural Ecology of Architectural Glass in Early Modern Northern Europe.” Art History 40, no. 3 (2016): 496-525.


Zorach, Rebecca. “‘Welcome to My Volcano,’: New Materialism, Art History, and Their Others.” In Ecologies, Agents, Terrains, edited by Christopher P. Heuer and Rebecca Zorach, 147-166. Williamstown and New Haven: Clark Art Institute and Yale University Press, 2018.




Augart, Isabella, Maurice Saß, and Iris Wenderholm, eds. Steinformen. Materialität, Qualität, Imitation. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter, 2018.


Baader, Hannah. "Livorno, Lapis Lazuli, Geology and the Treasures of the Sea in 1604." Espacio, Tiempo y forma. Serie VII, Historia del arte 5 (2017): 141-67.


Baker-Bates, Piers, and Elena M. Calvillo. Almost Eternal: Painting on Stone and Material Innovation in Early Modern Europe. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2018.


Coglitore, Roberta. Pietre figurate: forme del fantastico e mondo minerale. Pisa: ETS, 2004.


Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome. Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.


Dean, Carolyn. “Rocks and Reverence: Inka and Spanish Perceptions of Stonework in the Early Modern Andes.”In The Matter of Art: Materials, Practices, Cultural Logistics, c. 1250–1750, edited by Christy Anderson, Anne Dunlop, and Pamela H. Smith,  180-201. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015.


Dean, Carolyn. A Culture of Stone: Inka Perspectives on Rock. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.


Leitch, Alison. "Materiality of Marble: Explorations in the Artistic Life of Stone." Thesis Eleven 103, no. 1 (2010): 65-77.


Rijks, Marlise. “Gems and Counterfeited Gems in Early Modern Antwerp: From the Workshops to Collections.” In Gems in the Early Modern World: Materials, Knowledge and Global Trade, 1450-1800, edited by Michael Bycroft and Sven Dupré, 309-42. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillian, 2019.


Rijks, Marlise. “Unusual Excrescences of Nature: Collected Coral and the Study of Petrified Luxury in Early Modern Antwerp.” Dutch Crossing 43, no. 2 (2019): 127-56.


Wilson, Bronwen. “Lithic Images, Jacopo Ligozzi, and the Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia (1612).” In Motion: Transformation: 35th Congress of the International Committee of the History of Arts: Florence, 1-6 September 2019: Congress Proceedings, edited by Marzia Faietti and Gerhard Wolf, 345-52. Bologna: Bononia University Press, 2021.




Bass, Marisa Anne. “Shell Life, or the Unstill Life of Shells.” In Conchophilia: Shells, Art, and Curiosity in Early Modern Europe, edited by Marisa Anne Bass, Anne Goldgar, Hanneke Grootenboer and Claudia Swan, 21-48. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2021.


Bentley, Jerry H., Renate Bridenthal, and Kären Wigen, eds. Seascapes: Maritime Histories, Littoral Cultures, and Transoceanic Exchanges. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2007.


Campana, Joseph. Undercurrents of Power: Aquatic Culture in the African Diaspora. The Early Modern Americas. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.


Chambers, Iain. Mediterranean Crossings: The Politics of an Interrupted Modernity. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.


Dawson, Kevin. "History Below the Waterline: Enslaved Salvage Divers Harvesting Seaports’ Hinter-Seas in the Early Modern Atlantic." International Review of Social History 64, no. S27 (2019): 43-70.


_____. Undercurrents of Power: Aquatic Culture in the African Diaspora. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.


Gillis, John R. The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2012.


Hyman, Aaron. “Lost and Found at Sea, or a Shipwreck’s Art History.” West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture 28, no. 1 (2021): 43-74.


Horden, Peregrine and Nicolas Purcell. The Corrupting Sea: A Study of Mediterranean History. London: Blackwell Publishers, 2000.


Lydon, Ghislaine. “Oceans and Bridges, Barriers and Divides in Africa’s Historiographical Landscape.” Journal of African History 56, no. 1 (2015): 3-22.

Montalbano, Calogero. “Dar al Ma: the Architecture of Water in the Islamic Countries.” In The City in the Islamic World, edited by Salma Khadra Jayyusi, Renata Holod, Antillio Petruccioli, and André Raymond, 679-729. Leiden: Brill 2008.

Mentz, Steve. “Toward a Blue Cultural Studies: The Sea, Maritime Culture, and Early Modern English Literature.” Literature Compass 6, no. 5 (August 2009): 997-1013.


Mustakeem, Sowande' M. Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage. The New Black Studies Series. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017.


Past, Elena. "Mediterranean Ecocriticism: The Sea in the Middle." In Handbook of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology, edited by Hubert Zapf. Handbooks of English and American Studies, 368-84. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2016.


Schaffer, Simon. “Newton on the Beach: The Information Order of Principia Mathematica.” History of Science 47 (2009): 243-76.


Smallwood, Stephanie E. Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2007.

Transatlantic Slavery

Equiano, Oladuah. The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings, 1789. Reprinted with introduction and notes by Vincent Carretta. New York: Penguin Book, 1995.

Fatah-Black, Karwan, and Matthias Van Rossum. “Slavery in a ‘Slave-Free Enclave’? Historical Links Between the Dutch Republic, Empire and Slavery.” Werkstattgeschichte 66/67 (2014): 55–73.

Gilroy, Paul. The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993.

Glissant, Édouard. Poetics of Relation. Trans. Betsy Wing. Ann Arbor: U Michigan Press, 1997.

Hall, Kim F. Things of Darkness: Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1995.

Hartman, Saidiya. Lose Your Mother: A Journey along the Atlantic Slave Route. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008.

Hartman, Saidiya. “Venus in Two Acts.” Small Axe 12, no. 2 (2008): 1-14.

Kolfin, Elmer, ed. Black in Rembrandt’s Time. Zwolle: WBOOKS; Amsterdam: Rembrandt House Museum, 2020.

Lugo-Ortiz, Agnes, and Angela Rosenthal, eds. Slave Portraiture in the Atlantic World. Cambridge University Press, 2013.   

Lyon, J. Vanessa, and Caroline Fowler. “Revision and Reckoning: The Legacy of Slavery in Histories of Northern Art.” Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art 14, no. 1 (Winter 2022): 1-20.

Nicolaas, E. Sint, and V. Smeulders, eds. Slavery. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum, 2021.

Patterson, Orlando. Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1982.

Philip, Marlene Nourbese. Blank: Interviews and Essays. Toronto: BookThug, 2017.

Schwartz, Stuart B. Slaves, Peasants, and Rebels: Reconsidering Brazilian Slavery. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992.

Spillers, Hortense J. “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book.” Diacritics 17, no. 2 (Summer 1987): 65–81.

Sweet, James H. “Defying Social Death: The Multiple Configurations of African Slave Family in the Atlantic World.” William and Mary Quarterly 70, no. 2 (April 2013): 251–72.

Thompson, Krista A. Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015.


Curating Environments


Edwards, Elizabeth, Chris Gosden, and Ruth B Phillips, eds. Sensible Objects : Colonialism, Museums, and Material Culture.  Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2020.


Hessler, Stefanie. “Tidalectic Curating.” Journal of Curatorial Studies 9, no. 2 (10/2020): 248-70.


Jeffery, Celina. “From the Shore to the Coast: Curating the Front Line of Climate Change.” Journal of Curatorial Studies 9, no. 2 (10/ 2020): 230-47.


Rijks, Marlise. “A Painter, a Collector, and a Horseshow Crab: Connoisseurs of Art and Nature in Early Modern Antwerp.” Journal of the History of Collections, 31, no. 2 (2019): 343-61.


Syperek, Pandora, and Sarah Wade. “Curating the Sea.” Journal of Curatorial Studies 9, no. 2 (10/2020): 157-61


Syperek, Pandora. “Hope in the Archive: Indexing the Natural History Museum's Ecologies of Display.” Journal of Curatorial Studies 9, no. 2 (10/2020): 206-29.


Voon, Claire. “A Display of Sweat, Ants, and Bacteria at the Guggenheim.” Hyperallergic, June 27, 2017.


Wade, Sarah. "Ecological Exhibitions at the Musée Océanographique De Monaco." Journal of Curatorial Studies 9, no. 2 (10/2020): 162-81.


Transcultural Ecologies


Arredondo, Jaime Marroquín and Ralph Bauer, eds. Translating Nature: Cross-Cultural Histories of Early Modern Science. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019.


Bleichmar, Daniela. Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017.


Canepa, Teresa. Silk, Porcelain and Lacquer. China and Japan and the trade with Western Europe and the New World, 1500-1644. London: Paul Holberton Publishing, 2016.


Curtin, Philip D. The Rise and Fall of the Plantation Complex: Essays in Atlantic History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.


Fane, Diane. “Feathers, Jade, Turquoise, and Gold.” In Images Take Flight: Feather Art in Mexico and Europe (1400-1700), edited by Alessandra Russo, Gerhard Wolf, and Diana Fane, 100-117. Munich: Hirmer: 2015.


Hamann, Byron Ellsworth. “The Mirrors of Las Meninas: Cochineal, Silver, and Clay.” The Art Bulletin 92, no 1/2 (2010): 6-35. 


Jacobi, Lauren. “Reconsidering the World-System: The Agency and Material Geography of Gold.” In The Globalization of Renaissance Art, edited by Daniel Savoy, 131-157. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2017.


Juneja, Monica. "’A Very Civil Idea …’ Art History, Transculturation, and World-Making – with and Beyond the Nation." Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 81 (2018): 461-85.


Leibsohn, Dana and Meha Priyadarshini, “Transpacific: Beyond Silk and Silver.” Colonial Latin American Review 25, no. 1 (2016): 1-15.


Markey, Lia. The New World in Renaissance Italy: A Vicarious Conquest of Art and Nature at the Medici Court. Vol. 1, Chicago: University of Chicago, 2008.


Maurer, Alejandro de Antuñano and Nuria Lázaro Milla. The Marvelous Enconchado Paintings from New Spain. Translated by Laura Beratti and Floriana Beneditto. Studies. Montevideo (Uruguay): Jaime Eguiguren, 2017.


Padròn, Ricardo. "A Sea of Denial: The Early Modern Spanish Invention of the Pacific Rim." Hispanic Review 1 (2009): 1-27.


Turner, Nancy J. Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America. Mcgill-Queen's Native and Northern Series, 74. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014.

Vanhaelen, Angela and Bronwen Wilson, eds. Journal of Early Modern History: Special Issue: Making Worlds: Art, Materiality, and Early Modern Globalization, 23, no. 2-3 (2019).


Vanhaelen, Angela and Bronwen Wilson, eds. Making Worlds: Global Invention in the Early Modern Period. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2022


Remote Environments/Non-sites


Di Palma, Vittoria. Wasteland: A History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.


Degroot, Dagomar. The Frigid Golden Age: Climate Change, the Little Ice Age, and the Dutch Republic, 1560-1720. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014.


Davis, Diana K. “Desert ‘wastes’ of the Maghreb: Desertification Narratives in French Colonial Environmental History of North Africa.” Cultural Geographies 11, no. 4 (2004): 359-87.


Deleuze, Gilles. Desert Islands and Other Texts (1953-1974). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004.


Heffernan, Michael J. “The Desert in French Orientalist Painting during the Nineteenth Century,” Landscape Research 16, no. 2 (1991): 37–42.

Heuer, Christopher. Into the White: The Renaissance Arctic and the End of the Image. Boston MA: Zone Books, 2019.


Igloliorte, Heather. "Arctic Culture / Global Indigeneity." In Negotiations in a Vacant Lot: Studying the Visual in Canada. Eds. Lynda Jessup, Erin Morton and Kirsty Robertson. Kingston: McGill - Queen's University Press, 2014. 150-170.


Squint, Kristin L., Eric Gary Anderson, Taylor Hagood and Anthony Wilson, eds. Swamp Souths: Literary and Cultural Ecologies. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2020.


Trumbull IV, George R. “Water and Reimaging the Sahara in the Era of Decolonization.” In Environmental Imaginaries of the Middle East and North Africa, edited by Diana K. Davis and Edmunk Burke III, 87-112. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2011.


Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Old Saybrook, CT: Tantor Media, 2017.


Senses and the Sacred


Della Dora, Veronica. Landscape, Nature, and the Sacred in Byzantium. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.


Hsu, Hsuan L. The Smell of Risk: Environmental Disparities and Olfactory Aesthetics. New York: New York University Press, 2020.


Pentcheva, Bissera. “Hagia Sophia and Multisensory Aesthetics.” Gesta 50, no. 2 (2011): 93-111.


Ray, Sugata. Climate Change and the Art of Devotion: Geoaesthetics in the Land of Krishna, 1550–1850. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2019.


Historical Studies


Campana, Joseph. Renaissance Posthumanism. New York, NY: Fordham University Press, 2016.


Chakrabarty, Dipesh. The Climate of History in a Planetary Age. Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press, 2021.


Cranston, Jodi. Green Worlds of Renaissance Venice. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2019.


Mignolo, Walter. The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization. 2nd ed. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003.

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