ASPP – UT 1049 (Undergraduate – Juniors and Seniors Only)
ASPP- GT 2049 (Graduate)
Wednesdays, 11am - 1:45pm
We will focus, in this class, on various theories of the “environment," the forms these theories take and the kinds of futures they envision for life on earth. We will consider liberal humanist formulations that have been imposed all over the world, the division they establish between man and environment, the way that is interlinked with the division between man and racialized other, woman, deviant, animal, inert matter, etc. and the forms of development, extraction and exploitation such division has structured and justified. We will also consider different ways of theorizing life, habitation, sociality, entanglement and reproduction offered in divergent theoretical traditions that precede, exceed and/or critique liberal humanism, including indigenous, black, Marxist, feminist, queer, disability and poststructuralist studies, among others. In the context of climate crisis and widespread extinctions, what kind of future do these different formulations suggest? We will look for such theories in work by authors and visual artists such as Glen Coulthard, Silvia Federici, Jorge Furtado, Louise Erdrich, Gordon Matta-Clark, Ana Mendieta, Steven Feld, Zhang Huan, Li Binyuan, Macarena Gómez-Barris, Ala Plástica, Eduardo Castro, Gregory Cajete, Nicholas J. Reo, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Annalee Davis, Kamau Brathwaite, Sylvia Wynter, Édouard Glissant, Vandana Shiva, Arhundhati Roy, Aarthe Vadde, Rachel Carson, Octavia Butler, Kathryn Yusoff, Heather Davis, Anna Tsing, Lynn Margulis, Donna Haraway, Mel Chen, Jane Bennet, Karen Barad, Denise Ferreira da Silva as well as environmental justice movements around the world.