Tag: Metabolism

The life of the coral body by Cameron Allan McKean

Cameron Allan McKean , April 17th, 2020

Life comes apart on the reef. Changes to ocean chemistry and temperature—generated by the fossil-hunger of militarism, extractivism, and industrialism—break open coral worlds on Australia’s northeast…


Seeking Urban Metabolisms through Archaeology by Sarah Hayes

Sarah Hayes , April 12th, 2020

The metabolism of a city is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in its archaeology. Decades of excavations triggered by cultural heritage management legislation in Melbourne, Australia reveal a…


Who feeds (on) whom? Labour and the porosity of environments and bodies by Victoria Stead

Victoria Stead , March 19th, 2020

Hannah Landecker writes about the new metabolism as “a model in which food enters the body and in a sense never leaves it, because food transforms the organism’s…


Gloves, embryos, and DDT: thinking with surfaces on toxicity in South Africa by Tessa Moll

Tessa Moll , February 25th, 2020

In the early 1980s, researchers at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa were confounded by the persistent failure of their experimental mice embryos. The researchers had hoped…


Eating in Class: Notes on Nourishment and Decolonial Pedagogy by Carina Truyts

Carina Truyts , February 18th, 2020

It’s a common adage, following Lévi-Strauss, that “food is good to think with.” A class assignment that includes food-centred ethnographic presentations expands the scope of such thinking into…


The Memory of Fire: Burning Backwards into the Future

Scott W Schwartz , February 6th, 2020

Fire breathes oxygen. Fire consumes organic material. Fire ages and dies. Fire runs, jumps, and simmers. Fire responds differentially to external irritants. Fire has moods. Among many of…


Provincializing Metabolism (On the Poverty of Modernism) by Maurizio Meloni

Maurizio Meloni , January 28th, 2020

According to accepted wisdom and textbooks, “metabolism” is a nineteenth-century term and concept, established at the confluence of organic chemistry, cell biology, and physiology. In Microscopical R…


Decentering Metabolism: Peripheral and Southern Diffractions by Maurizio Meloni

Maurizio Meloni , January 27th, 2020

In the last few years, a renewed interest in metabolic exchange, and in ideas of a porous and permeable body, has come from disciplines like microbiomics, nutrigenomics, and epigenetics. Moreover, a…


Battery Life: Charging Culture at the End of Energy 

Scott W Schwartz , August 20th, 2019

Vodka-tonic. Take my picture. Charge my phone. Vodka-tonic. Take my picture. Charge my phone.  This (or a similar sequence) is an irritatingly common refrain heard by many waitstaff…


Book Forum––Harris Solomon’s Metabolic Living: Food, Fat and The Absorption of Illness in India by Todd Meyers

Todd Meyers , October 25th, 2016

  Harris Solomon’s Metabolic Living traces patterns of consumption, calories, and chronic disease to tell a story about the enfolding––the absorption and regulation––of food in and about the bod…