During March, Stephanie Erev, Doctoral Candidate at Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, visits The Seed Box.
Stephanie Erev’s research is situated at the intersection of ecopoetics and ecophilosophy. Trained as a political theorist, Erev draws from ideas in the environmental humanities to rethink political concepts—public-private, action, authority, and so forth—in more ecological directions. Her current project, “Earthy Considerations: A Theory of Geopolitics,” explores how some late-modern European political thinkers (e.g., Friedrich Hayek and Hannah Arendt) cultivate and promote ethico-aesthetic sensibilities that are desensitized to the agencies of certain groups of humans and earth others. Finding inspiration in Jamaica Kincaid, Friedrich Nietzsche, and others who strive to affirm the earthy conditions of politics, the project also develops a theory of more-than-human action. Erev is an avid urban gardener currently living in Baltimore, Maryland. She will be Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Portland State University starting September, 2019.