“Perhaps it is time to write a Chthulucene Manifesto…”. This is how Donna Haraway begins this text, in 2015, as a previous step or a sign of what it would be, years later, her book Staying with the problem.
Haraway proposes this concept, the “Chthulucene”, to remind us that the human, the anthropos of the Anthropocene, is not always at the center of what happens on Earth.
“In the Anthropocene, the chthonic ones are active too; all the action is not human.” Says Haraway. “The chthonic ones can and do infuse all of terra, including its human people, who become-with a vast motley of others. All of these beings live and die, and can live and die well, can flourish, not without pain and mortality, but without practicing double death for a living.”.
In: Donna Haraway and Cary Wolfe in Conversation, Manifestly Haraway, University of Minnesota Press, 2015.
Translation: Helen Torres.