Postgrowth Imaginaries: New Ecologies and Counterhegemonic Culture in Post-2008 Spain - Introduction
Luis I. Prádanos
Miami University, US
About Luis I.
Luis I. Prádanos (Iñaki) is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Contemporary Studies at Miami University. His research focuses on ecocritical theory and environmental humanities in relation to Contemporary Iberian cultures. Specifically, Iñaki’s work combines environmental cultural studies, critical theory, and postgrowth economics. Iñaki has taught several courses on topics related to environmental humanities, urban ecology, postgrowth economics and cultures, and material ecocriticism. Some of his recent articles focus on the pedagogical implications of taking seriously the ongoing global socioecological crisis: “The Pedagogy of Degrowth.” In 2017, Iñaki edited a special section on “Contemporary Iberian Ecocriticism and New Materialisms” and co-edited a special number on “South Atlantic Ecocriticism.”
This chapter outlines the theoretical frameworks that inform the book. The first section is a discussion of environmental humanities and the Anthropocene (or better the Capitalocene), which provides the global critical context in which the book is embedded. Secondly, after defining the term ‘imaginary’ as used in this book, this chapter draws on up-to-date insights from social and ecological sciences to explain why the dominant imaginary of economic growth is currently socially undesirable and ecologically unsustainable. Finally, the chapter argues for the urgency of articulating and embracing an environmentally oriented cultural studies able to overcome the current crisis of political imagination and promote effective counterhegemonic economic cultures.