This course looks at emerging intersections between the anthropology of science and technology, environmental anthropology, and political anthropology. We consider case studies that reflect on contemporary intellectual debates and public concerns. This year we examine themes such as nuclear accidents, genetically-modified crops, seed banking, environmental management and cosmonauts.
Our class is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students across the university. There are no prerequisites, and you do not need to be familiar with anthropological theory or methodology, or have any background in the sciences. We will trade perspectives and learn from each other as we go. Leave your electronic devices turned off! Classes are meant to be active, transdisciplinary brainstorming sessions about the ideas that intrigue us. Come with an open mind, and take pleasure in reading and conversation.
CLASSES MEET TUESDAY/THURSDAY 2-3:15PM
SABIN HALL 394