Desynchronization in the Necrocene Age: The Case of the Maldives and Future Speculations


  • Oriol Batalla University of Amsterdam / Independent Researcher


Through the theoretical framework of the Necrocene, the age of death and extinction due to capitalist accumulation, this article tries to analyze and flesh out the current sociopolitical and ecological crisis of the Maldives archipelago as a symptom of what is to come on a planetary scale. It will analyze how knots of life play part in the ecology of the Maldives as a case study. Through the close reading and scrutiny of contemporary literature in the fields of Environmental Humanities, Extinction Studies and Political Ecology, this essay aims to engage with the pressing matter of the Anthropocene, its materialities and its imaginaries. Finally, it ambitiously provides further thought on how to approach the Necrocene as a global multifocal crisis, aiming to build up on the idea of Climate X. 


Anthropocene, Political Ecology, Critical Theory, Extinction Studies, Environmental Humanities, Maldives, Climate Change, Postcolonialism


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Author Biography

Oriol Batalla, University of Amsterdam / Independent Researcher

Oriol Batalla is a researcher in the fields of the Environmental Humanities, Critical Theory and Political Ecology and MA in Comparative Literature and Cultural Analysis for the University of Amsterdam. His latest research and publications are focused on the concepts of Anthropocene and Necrocene, Non-Human and beyond-life-and-death agents, and alternatives to Capitalism. He is actively looking for a PhD position regarding such topics.




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