Critical Social Inquiry 0249 - Anthropologies of Climate Change: crisis, resilience and denial in a global world

Anthropologies of Climate Chan

Nathalie Arnold

02:30PM-03:50PM TU;02:30PM-03:50PM TH

Hampshire College
Franklin Patterson Hall 105;Franklin Patterson Hall 105
While the climate crisis presents urgent scientific challenges, climate issues are also deeply political, economic, cultural, and epistemological. While news outlets routinely cover climate events in Europe and the USA, far less is said about the colonial histories and entrenched inequalities that put communities of colour at far greater risk of climate-related devastation. Despite producing a minute fraction of the world's carbon emissions, historically marginalized communities consistently suffer the worst effects of planetary warming. Grounded in contemporary anthropology, this course asks: How do marginalized communities across the world respond to climate inequalities? What alternative visions and modes of co-existence might diverse meteorologies and ways of constructing 'nature' suggest? How does 'climate denial' emerge, and what does climate justice look like? We will consider sources from: Botswana, Namibia, Uganda, Zanzibar, the Amazon, Palestine, India, Bangladesh, Norway, and Puerto Rico. This course counts toward the Five College African Studies Certificate KEYWORDS:Climate, ethnography, Africana, Africa, Global South

Environments and Change Students are expected to spend a minimum of 6-8 hours of work outside of class time per week BOOKS: Title:A Bigger Picture My Fight to Bring a New African Voice to the Climate Crisis Author:Vanessa Nakate ISBN: ?0358654505 Cost:12.29

Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.