As Senior Editor of the Center's journal Minding Nature, Anja Claus manages the publication of both the online and print versions of the journal. Minding Nature is published tri-annually and explores the values and practices of democratic ecological citizenship.
Anja also writes and searches out stories that help us reimagine our relationship to each other and to planet Earth as a whole. These stories range from deeper philosophical concepts, to reflections of wider-ranging historical perspectives, to the personal story within local places. Anja engages storytellers to share their perspectives via the written word and through the arts.
The central exploration in all of Anja's work is grounded in re-imagining our relationship with the other-than-human, by unmasking modes of thought that uphold our cultural detachment from our natural history; and by helping to create new stories, which bridge this perceived gap between humans and the whole community of life.
IN HER OWN WORDS
My proudest moment: standing up for the bullied "Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie" back in high school.
My heroes: free thinkers & eco-philosophers.
What I obsess about: coming to know my microbiome community.
What makes me smile: sitting in some good prairie soil.
Anja received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a Master of Arts degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from Northeastern Illinois University.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO HUMANS & NATURE:
Minding Nature articles:
- Timefulness: A Geologist's Story—Interview with Marcia Bjornerud
- Art in the Anthropocene
- Landscape Art? An Interview with Sandra Dal Poggetto
- An Ethical Journey into Deep Time
- Democracy and The Climate Crisis
- Pro-Aesthetic Language: Natural Treasures vs. Natural Resources
- A Language to Embody Place: Dynamic, Braided, Wild
- Being in Relationship, with Nature?
- Wild Places in Urban Centers
- Setting Ethics Free?
Questions for a Resilient Future responses:
City Creatures Blog posts:
- The Wild and Not-So-Wild City Creature Neighbors at, by, and in My House
- Re-wilding Our Urban Ethics and Politics?