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Dwelling, Communicating, Manipulating

ISBN: 978-1-60785-254-4

edited by Monika Bakke


Introduction: The Multispecies Use of Air

‘It’s alive!’ we could certainly exclaim if confronted with a microscopic view of air. As aerobiologists observe, ‘[h]undreds of thousands of individual microbial cells can exist in a cubic metre of air, representing perhaps hundreds of unique taxa’ (Womack et al., 2010: 3645). But what deserves special attention here is not only that air is full of life but also, apart from being a mean of transport and communication, air is a habitat in its own right. The zoe of air comes in abundance and we – breathing organisms – are all in this together for better and for worse, dead or alive. We have finally come to realize that air is messy, being neither an empty space nor a void, but a space where species meet. And like any other life form, as Donna Haraway emphasizes, we find ourselves ‘in a knot of species coshaping one another in layers of reciprocating complexity all the way down’ (2008: 42). (more...)

Dwelling in Air

Ann M. Womack, Brendan J. M. Bohannan, Jessica L. Green 
Biodiversity and Biogeography of the Atmosphere
Anna A. Gorbushina, Renate Kort, Anette Schulte, David Lazarus, Bernhard Schnetger, Hans-Jürgen Brumsack, William J. Broughton, Jocelyne Favet 
Life in Darwin's Dust: Intercontinental Transport and Survival of Microbes in the Nineteenth Century
Anders Hedenström 
Extreme Endurance Migration: What Is the Limit to Non-Stop Flight?
Elizabeth Thomas 
Tomas Saraceno Looks to the Sky and Sees Possibilities
Nerea Cavillo 
In the Air
Steven Connor – Taking to the Air 

Nonhuman Volatile Communication

Frederick R. Adler 
Plant Signalling: The Opportunities and Dangers of Chemical Communication
Geraldine A. Wright, Florian P. Schiestl 
The Evolution of Floral Scent: The Influence of Olfactory Learning by Insect Pollinators on the Honest Signalling of Floral Rewards
Michael R. Whitehead, Rod Peakall 
Integrating Floral Scent, Pollination Ecology and Population Genetics
Corinna Thom, David C. Gilley, Judith Hooper, Harald E. Esch 
The Scent of the Waggle Dance

Anthropology of Scents

Gordon M. Shepherd 
The Human Sense of Smell: Are We Better Than We Think?
Charles J. Wysocki, George Preti 
Facts, Fallacies, Fears, and Frustrations with Human Pheromones
Susana Camara Leret 
Smellscapes: The Loss of Smell in a Visual Culture
Usman Haque 
Scents of Space
Oswaldo Maciá, Jenny Marketou, Chrysanne Stathacos, Clara Ursitti 
Odor Limits


Bogusław Buszewski, Martyna Kęsy, Tomasz Ligor, Anton Amann 
Human Exhaled Air Analytics: Biomarkers of Diseases
Sabrina Raaf 
Breath I: Pleasure
Breath Cultures
Jarosław Kozakiewicz 
Oxygen Towers
Tomas Saraceno 
Poetic Cosmos of the Breath
Ruud Kaulingfreks , René Ten Bos 
Learning to Fly: Inspiration and Togetherness
M. J. Parkes 
Breath-holding and Its Breakpoint

Airborne Anxieties

Simon Luechinger 
Valuing Air Quality Using the Life Satisfaction Approach Valuing Air Quality Using the Life Satisfaction Approach
G. Liccardi, A. Custovic, M. Cazzola, M. Russo, M. D'Amato, G. D'Amato 
Avoidance of Allergens and Air Pollutants in Respiratory Allergy
Lisa Fong Poh Ng ; The Virus That Changed My World
How Flu Viruses Attack 
What You Should Know About Biological Warfare 
How to Survive- Biological or Chemical Attack 
Critical Art Ensemble 
Bodies of Fear in a World of Threat
Beatriz da Costa 


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