Oscillating between naturalistic observations and conceptual forays, this essay simultaneously performs and introduces the notion of “composing climate change” at the heart of this special issue. Spanning personal narrative, poetry, dialogue, theoretical meditation, thick description, photographic essay, and other modes of scholarly writing, the contributors to this issue experiment with genre, style, and form as they seek to describe, evoke, grasp, disclose, and otherwise imagine what it means and—crucially—what it feels like to be an earthling in a time of tremendous ecological change and profound planetary transformation.
Opening Moves: Composing Climate Change
Joshua Trey Barnett is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, with a joint appointment at the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, at Pennsylvania State University. He has published widely in rhetorical studies and the interdisciplinary environmental humanities, and he is currently writing a book about ecological mourning. Correspondence to: Joshua Trey Barnett, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, 234 Sparks Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Joshua Trey Barnett; Opening Moves: Composing Climate Change. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 15 December 2020; 9 (4): 1–12. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.4.1
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