GR6432: Contemporary Ecological Theory | B. Arsic

Graduate Seminar
M 2:10-4PM

There are numerous ways to approach ecological theory in our current Anthropocene moment. One could address ecological literary criticism, or energy studies, or ecological feminism to name only a few possibilities. But this class won’t go down any of those potential paths. Instead, we will focus on a cluster of philosophical and theoretical texts that have grounded contemporary ecological thinking. Our question will consist less in reading about specific problems of contemporary climate change than focusing on the ecological as a way of thinking and being, mobilizing a whole range of concepts that enable and guide such a thinking. They will include: the rhizome, chaos, nomadology, the concept of the island, archipelagic thinking, the perspectival, relational, oceanic, etc. 

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