Theorizing the Anthropocene


Critical engagement with emergent theories of the “Anthropocene.” This concept is now deployed in eco-apocalyptic scenarios of a dying atmosphere, storms, tsunamis, and earthquakes, melting arctic glaciers, the flooding of coastlines and cities, and the slow, or sudden, death of the biosphere. The term also points to a contentious interdisciplinary and public space, where scholars, activists, and artists reflect upon, document, experiment with, and produce meaning about the end times of carbon-dependent industrialism, urbanization, slow violence and inequality, displacement and environmental refugees, fossil fuel livelihoods and post-carbon futures, and the very meaning of the planet. Instructor: Litzinger
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring