Ajay Singh Chaudhary with Dr. Theodra Bane — 'The Exhausted of the Earth: Politics in a Burning World'

Climate change is not only about the exhaustion of the planet, it's about the exhaustion of so many of us, our lives, our worlds, even our minds. So, what is to be done?

Third Place Books welcomes Ajay Singh Chaudhary to our Seward Park store for a discussion of his new book on climate change, The Exhausted of the Earth: Politics in a Burning World, in conversation with Dr. Theodra Bane of The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. This event is free and open to the public.

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About The Exhausted of the Earth. . .

Climate change is not only about the exhaustion of the planet, it's about the exhaustion of so many of us, our lives, our worlds, even our minds. So, what is to be done?

To answer this question, Ajay Singh Chaudhary brings together both the science and the politics of climate change. He shows how a new politics particular to the climate catastrophe demands a bitter struggle between those attached to the power, wealth, and security of "business-as-usual" and all of us, those exhausted, in every sense of the word, by the status quo.

Replacing Promethean, romantic, and apocalyptic fairytales with a new story for every exhausted inhabitant of this exhausted world, The Exhausted of the Earth outlines the politics and the power needed to alter the course of our burning world far beyond, far better than, mere survival.


Praise for The Exhausted of the Earth. . .

“This thoughtful and wide-ranging book is for those who wish to understand our predicament clearly, but especially for those looking for a glimmer of hope in our current darkness.”
—Raymond Geuss, author of Philosophy and Real Politics

“Walking us through the flimsy defences of green capitalism, slicing through the nonsense with rapier analysis, Chaudhary explains why any workable climate future will need to be grounded in decolonization. The argument is careful, logical, and is destined to be a classic, a touchstone in global climate struggles to come.”
Raj Patel, author of A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things

“Ajay Singh Chaudhary has achieved the impossible: bringing together scientific, political, cultural and psychological thought to create the foundations of a new political ‘climate realism,’ blending global decolonisation and domestic emancipation. The Exhausted of the Earth opens new horizons for urgent and immediate climate action. A must-read for our times.”
—Julia Steinberger, Faculty of Geosciences and Environment, University of Lausanne

“Have you felt exhausted lately? In this wonderfully rich inquiry into late climate politics, Ajay Singh Chaudhary zooms in on exhaustion as the predicament of a world too long subjected to the ‘extractive circuit’ of capital: the constant sapping of energies, returning to the planet as excess heat. The wretched of the Earth are today the exhausted — and if there is any way to fight back, it is, as Chaudhary so convincingly argues, with southern resources, assembled by everyone from Frantz Fanon to Imam Mahdi. Bristling with ideas on every page, this book is the energy drink you need.”
—Andreas Malm, author of How to Blow Up a Pipeline

“Written in a feisty and urgent style, The Exhausted of the Earth does the important work of not only showing that climate disruption and the Anthropocene are political, but also that they change what politics means. It shifts our attention in many, much needed ways.”
—McKenzie Wark, author of Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene

Ajay Singh Chaudhary is the executive director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and a core faculty member specializing in social and political theory. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics. His research focuses on social and political theory, Frankfurt School critical theory, political economy, political ecology, media, religion, and post-colonial studies. He has written for The Guardian, The Nation, The Baffler, n+1, Los Angeles Review of Books, Quartz, Social Text, Dialectical Anthropology, The Hedgehog Review, Filmmaker Magazine, and 3quarksdaily, among other venues. Ajay’s book on the politics of climate change, The Exhausted of the Earth: Politics in a Burning World, is forthcoming from Repeater Books in February, 2024.

Dr. Theodra Bane is an Associate Faculty member at The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from Villanova University and an MA in Philosophy from The New School for Social Research. Dr. Bane works in the intersections of racialization, gender, and struggles for liberation.

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