Cartographies of the Anthropocene: Considering jellyfish, reconsidering the bio/geo divide

In this paper, I follow Castree, Whatmore and other geographers in exploring how the Anthropocene is producing new ways of graphing the geo‚‚. I think through calls from Yusoff, Clark and Saldanha to focus on geo-social and geo-political processes as part of such a remapping in ways that remove a long-held emphasis on biopolitical analyses. But, I linger on‚‚Äùand question—the traditional dividing lines between the bio‚‚ and geo‚‚. Taking up jellyfish as an emblem of the Anthropocene, I draw on recent scientific research on these and other primitive‚‚ organisms in an attempt to rethink how we spatialize life and its other in the after-life of the Anthropocene. I argue that rethinking the bio/geo divide not only has epistemological and political implications, but also challenges us to question the very notion of survival‚‚.