The Pulse of the Earth

The Pulse of the Earth

Political Geology in Java

  • Author: Bobbette, Adam
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 9781478020073
  • eISBN Pdf: 9781478027089
  • Place of publication:  Durham , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 2023
  • Month: June
  • Pages: 249
  • Language: English
In The Pulse of the Earth Adam Bobbette tells the story of how modern theories of the earth emerged from the slopes of Indonesia’s volcanoes. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, scientists became concerned with protecting the colonial plantation economy from the unpredictable bursts and shudders of volcanoes. Bobbette follows Javanese knowledge traditions, colonial geologists, volcanologists, mystics, Theosophists, orientalists, and revolutionaries to show how the earth sciences originate from a fusion of Western and non-Western cosmology, theology, anthropology, and geology. Drawing on archival research, interviews, and fieldwork at Javanese volcanoes and in scientific observatories, he explores how Indonesian Islam shaped the theory of plate tectonics, how Dutch colonial volcanologists learned to see the earth in new ways from Javanese spiritual traditions, and how new scientific technologies radically recast notions of the human body, distance, and the earth. In this way, Bobbette decenters the significance of Western scientists to expand our understanding of the evolution of planetary thought and rethinks the politics of geological knowledge.
  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter One. Political Geology as Method
  • Chapter Two. The Origins of Java in Four Maps: From an Island of Ruins to Youthful Throes
  • Chapter Three. Intercalated: The Political and Spiritual Geographies of Plate Tectonics
  • Chapter Four. AD 1006 Geodeterminism: Cultures of Catastrophe and the Story of a Date
  • Chapter Five. Geopoetics: Johannes Umbgrove’s Cosmic and Aesthetic Science
  • Chapter Six. Volcano Observatories: Proximity and Distance in Science and Mysticism
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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