Nick Kawa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, is teaching a course on Ethnography of the Anthropocene next fall that may be of interest. In addition to readings and case studies from Latin America, the course considers new narrative form and ethnographic challenges.
In the past one hundred years, science and technology have vastly expanded our capacity to transform the global environment. But in our tendency to see the "human" everywhere, we sometimes lose sight of how various forces and lifeforms that make up our environment are constantly pushing back against us. The Anthropocene should remind us that while our technologies have expanded our ability to impact the planet, a much broader array of elements is constantly thwarting our attempts to wrest control of the world around us.
The class will be taught on Wednesdays from 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM in AU 18. For more information, please contact Nick Kawa at