I saw a presentation of the ideas in Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Cthulucene and Anna Tsing’s The Mushroom at the End of the World at the ASLE gathering in Idaho in 2015. This book brings together the ideas that Haraway and Tsing explored there and develops the idea of the Cthulucene–an entangling of all the living things here on earth–as an alternative response to the Anthropocene and the Capitalocene. Her argument is that:
“The task is to make kin in lines of inventive connection as a practice of learning to live and die well with each other in a thick present. Our task is to make trouble, to stir up potent response to devastating event, as well as to settle troubled waters and rebuild quiet places” (2016, location 297).
Haraway asserts that looking to the future–in either utopian or apocalyptic terms–is useless and looking to some mythical past is worst. Current concern and current action, being-together in the present, is more important than any other approach to an always already posthuman world. She uses creative approaches and collectives to find a path to “making kin” among those that populate the world with us.
Haraway, Donna J. Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Cthulucene. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016.