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ANTHR 4416 - [It’s the End of the World As We Know It]

(crosslisted) STS 4416  
(HB) (CA-AS, SSC-AS)      
Fall. Not offered: 2020-2021. Next offered: 2021-2022 4 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: ANTHR 3000  or permission of instructor. Co-meets with ANTHR 7416 STS 7416 .

C. Ahmann.

Living in the contemporary moment means living with reminders that the end of the world – at least as we know it – is looming. From the global ecological crisis to evangelical apocalyptic visions, and from nuclear threats to the changes wrought by automated work, people are brushing up against the limits of human knowledge and experience. In this course, we will consider how anthropologists have grappled with the end of the world, drawing the discipline’s boundaries liberally. Working with ethnography, science fiction, film, and more, we will ask: What does it mean to adopt the uncertain future as an object of study? And might the end of the world as we know it also mean the start of a more speculative anthropology?

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