Cultural Ecology 2017

Cultural Ecology 2017

This is the homepage for Cultural Ecology 2017, taught by Jason Antrosio at Hartwick College.

Four books on Cultural Ecology:

At the end of the course we tackled nine big questions about life in the Anthropocene. The questions (or see part 3 below):

  1. Will Machines Replace Humans?
  2. Will Technology Save Humanity?
  3. Too Much Time on My Hands?
  4. Is DNA a Blueprint?
  5. Can We Reunite Art and Technology?
  6. Is Life Getting More Complex?
  7. Have we stopped evolving?
  8. Would the world be better off without humans?
  9. Are Humans Intelligent?

Part 1. Nature and Culture: Who are we?

1. Ingold (part 1), “Culture, nature, environment” (13-20).

2. Ingold (part 2), “Culture, nature, environment” (20-26); Brody, 1-33.

3. Ingold, “The optimal forager and economic man” (27-39); Brody, 34-102.

4. Ingold, “Hunting and gathering as ways of perceiving the environment” (40-60); Brody, 103-135.

5. Ingold, “From trust to domination” (61-76); Brody, 136-213.

6. Ingold, “Making things, growing plants, raising animals, and bringing up children” (77-88); Brody, 214-255.

7. Ingold, “Ancestry, generation, substance, memory, land” (132-151); Brody, 256-283.

First Paper Due
Film: Rabbit-Proof Fence

Part 2. Living in the World: What are we doing?

8. Ingold, “A circumpolar night’s dream” (89-110); Kohn, 1-25.

9. Ingold, “Totemism, animism and the depiction of animals” (111-131); Kohn, 27-68.

10. Ingold, “Culture, perception and cognition” (157-171); Kohn, 71-100.

11 & 12. Wed 3/22: Ingold, “Building, dwelling, living” (172-188); Kohn, 103-128.
Ingold, “The temporality of the landscape” (189-208); Kohn, 131-150.

13. Fri 3/24: Ingold, “Globes and spheres: the topology of environmentalism” (209-218); Kohn, 153-188.

14. Ingold, “To journey along a way of life” (219-242); Kohn, 191-228.

Second Paper Due

Part 3. Salvation and Damnation: Where are we going?

15. Will Machines Replace Humans?
Ingold, “Tools, minds and machines” (294-311); Tsing, 1-26

16. Will Technology Save Humanity?
Ingold, “Society, nature and the concept of technology” (312-322); Tsing, 27-54

17. Too Much Time on My Hands?
Ingold, “Work, time and industry” (323-338); Tsing, 55-96

18. Is DNA a Blueprint?
Ingold, “On weaving a basket” (339-348); Tsing, 97-120

19. Can We Reunite Art and Technology?
Ingold,“Of string bags and birds’ nests” (349-361); Tsing, 121-178

20. Is Life Getting More Complex?
Ingold, “The dynamics of technical change” (362-372); Tsing, 179-216

21. Have we stopped evolving?
Ingold, “‘People like us’” (373-391); Tsing, 217-250

22. Would the world be better off without humans?
Ingold, “Speech, writing and the modern origins of ‘language origins’” (392-405); Tsing, 251-276.

23. Are Humans Intelligent?
Ingold, “The poetics of tool-use” (406-419); Tsing, 277-288

Final Paper Due