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Sustainable Agriculture in the Amazon & Beyond: A Performative Approach to Biocultural Regeneration

ENVS 315
Spring 2014
Section: 01  
Certificates: Environmental Studies

This course is motivated by recent archaeological finds in the Amazon basin and the discovery of a millenially fertile anthropogenic soil, known as Amazonian Dark Earth (ADE). It is motivated as well by the project to recreate this soil in collaboration with contemporary Kichwa indigenous people in the Peruvian High Amazon. The Kichwa reciprocate with the spirits of their land who are kin to them. This leads to an investigation of how and when in the West nature became mechanical and insentient. Historiography on the scientific revolution will help us to understand how and why the modernist separation between the material and the metaphysical/spiritual came about. The course focuses also on a contemporary reading of Neils Bohr's quantum physics and its way of re-opening the possibility of re-entangling matter and spirit. The course concludes with a practical look at the possibility of re-creating ADE with its potential to solve the global warming crisis.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ENVS
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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