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The self(ie) in the Anthropocene

A Book Chapter by Doug Specht and Cat Snyder, published by Routledge

In this new chapter published in Imagine Apocalyptic Politics in the Anthropocene, Doug Specht and Cat Snyder explore the role of the selfies at the end of time.

Selfies provide proof of an event witnessed through combining a presentation of self along with the event (Koliska and Roberts, 2015). They also demonstrate interest and support of a movement (Halupka, 2014), but moreover the selfie reaffirms the existence of the protester as they wrestle with their own minimisation in the face of global climate break down (Nunes, 2017). The taker of the selfie is reaffirmed through their existence both as an embodied presence before the lens, and as a digital image distributed across social networks (Nunes, 2017). This chapter seeks to explore the role of the selfie in creating new political and social spaces, and in reaffirming the existence of the individual in the Anthropocene. The chapter asks whether such activities are really the death of the public-sphere and potentially self-defeating, or whether they are important place-making actions that challenge subjugation.


Doug Specht


Doug Specht is a Chartered Geographer (CGeog. FRGS) and a Senior Lecturer (SFHEA) at the Communication and Media Research Institute, within the University of Westminster. His research examines how knowledge is constructed and codified through digital and cartographic artefacts, focusing on development issues, and he has written on this subject in numerous books and papers. He has also spoken on topics of data ethics and mapping practices at conferences and invited lectures around the world. He is a member of the editorial board at Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture, and sits on BSi committee IST/36 Geographic Information, where he focuses on geographic data in the SDGs. Doug is additionally a trustee of the Santa Rosa Fund, an educational charity; and a core member of the Environmental Network for Central America.


28 September 2021
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