ISG faculty Dr. Christopher Kelty co-edits the scholarly magazine, LIMN, devoted to outlining contemporary problems.  For this issue, featuring ISG faculty Dr. Hannah Landecker, the topic is Sentinel Devices.

Description: The polar ice cap rapidly recedes; colonies of honeybees collapse in alarming numbers; androgynous fish are detected in rivers and streams. These reports not only describe recent events, but also function as signs of an ominous and rapidly encroaching future.

In this issue of Limn we focus on how this future makes its appearance in the present. Many of the threats we now find most alarming-climate change, environmental radiation, emerging disease, endocrine disrupters, toxic chemicals-are not immediately perceptible to human senses. We rely on non-human indicators, whether animals or detection devices, to alert us to their possible onset.

Such indicators can be thought of as sentinels, or heralds of an approaching danger.

Contributors:  Hannah LandeckerDidier Torny and Emmanuelle FillionSara WylieAnn KellyVanessa Manceron,Joanna RadinChristelle GramagliaEmmanuel DidierLyle FearnleyFrédéric KeckAndrew LakoffSophie Houdart,Adriana PetrynaChloe SilvermanEtienne BensonBaptiste MonsaingeonJerome WhitingtonNaomi Oreskescover illustration by Amisha Gadani