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The Politics of Nature: Modernity and Its Others

ANTH 397
Spring 2016 not offered
Crosslisting: SISP 397, ENVS 397
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

This seminar explores the ways in which imaginations of nature-culture anchor particular regimes of living and power. Our larger query will concern ontology and cosmology--the worlds and worldviews we inhabit--and what happens when there is basic disagreement over what "nature" is. For example, do rocks, mountains, and glaciers listen as many indigenous peoples claim? Or are these claims merely a matter of cultural belief? Conversely, how do scientists listen to and relate to their natural objects? What social, historical, and intellectual practices make their vision of nature? And why do certain visions of nature appear more "real" and more "universal" than others? What are the political and ethical consequences for how humans live and co-inhabit with Earth Others on this planet?

We will read across the history of science, philosophy, anthropology, postcolonial studies, cultural studies, and feminist science studies to explore reflexively and open-endedly the meanings and materialities of our concept of "nature" and become more discerning about our uniquely EuroAmerican frameworks, considering "nature" and the "natural" in a variety of contexts, from natural history in the 18th and 19th centuries to current struggles over the management of natural resources.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ANTH
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENVS)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)

Last Updated on MAR-01-2024
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