Ecologies of Life and Currency

This is an interdisciplinary seminar exploring “animism” and “modernity” in the Anthropocene, a time of ecological crisis. What are the relations between indigenous traditions and Western innovations, and how are they related to contemporary environmental concerns?

Assigned readings are drawn from representative texts covering important theories and methods in the relevant fields. Class discussions are supplemented by audiovisual materials, guest speakers, campus events, and web-based assignments.

Students have the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of animism, modernity, and ecological crisis; to conduct focused research on a relevant topic, theme, or issue; and to develop their critical skills for use in educational, professional, and personal settings.