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IDSEMUG 1846 - Anthropocene Narratives

What, when, and who is the Anthropocene? We are living in a dramatic period in which we are re-thinking how Nature and culture relate to one another. The geological metaphors, entangled histories, situated narratives, ecology, science studies, art, literature, science fiction, and bioinformatics that combine in Anthropocene conceptions both link and divide the Global North and South.In this course, we consider the historical background of the Anthropocene concept, why the debates over when it started are so vitriolic, and what it means in contrast to the many other ’-ocenes’ proposed (Capitalocene, Chthulucene, Platationocene, Anglocene, etc..). Using books by Anna Tsing such as The Mushroom at the End of the World and Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, Facing Gaia by Bruno Latour, and Staying with the Trouble by Donna Haraway as guideposts we will explore ways of envisioning the natural world and its intersection with human culture. The class will pair with an Eco Arts course at Rutgers to permit us to collaboratively learn how to create digital oral history and creative GIS mapping projects. The two classes will meet for field visits to sites of active examples of environmental degradation and remediation and a student-led ‘conference’ to frame our perceptions of water, energy, fossil fuels, and plastics. Class Notes: Section 001 is not open to Environmental Studies majors. This course may be combined with a 2-credit, competitive internship arranged by Gallatin. Internship information will be forthcoming. Add Consent: Department Consent Required. Enrollment Requirements: Restr for ARTS-UG N. ENVST.
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