Courses of Study 2018-2019 
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Courses of Study 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SHUM 4625 - Deranged Authority: Culture, Power, and Climate Change

(crosslisted) ANTHR 4025  

Fall. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Enrollment limited to: 15 students. Co-meets with ANTHR 7025 /SHUM 6625 .

J. Carlson.

How does climate denialism persist in the face of mounting evidence that global warming is real? Conversely, how do environmentalists come to believe specific actions are necessary to save the world? How can climate justice efforts include local forms of knowledge and expertise? As humans struggle to conceive of new ways to live—and create change—in a time of “derangement,” this seminar explores how forms of environmental in/action become authoritative in different social contexts. Here classical and critical theories of authority illuminate how environmental knowledge attains power in some settings but not others; additionally, ethnographies of ecoauthority reveal forms of resiliency that diverge from conventional models of climate remediation. Participants will write short discussion papers, co-lead one class meeting, and submit a final essay.

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