Cultural Ecology 2017
The four books for Cultural Ecology 2017:
- Tim Ingold, The Perception of the Environment: Essays on Livelihood, Dwelling and Skill, 2000
- Hugh Brody, Maps and Dreams: Indians and the British Columbia Frontier, 1988.
- Eduardo Kohn, How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human, 2013.
- Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins, 2015
At the end of the course we tackled nine big questions about life in the Anthropocene. The questions (or see part 3 below):
- Will Machines Replace Humans?
- Will Technology Save Humanity?
- Too Much Time on My Hands?
- Is DNA a Blueprint?
- Can We Reunite Art and Technology?
- Is Life Getting More Complex?
- Have we stopped evolving?
- Would the world be better off without humans?
- Are Humans Intelligent?
Part 1. Nature and Culture: Who are we?
First Paper Due
Film: Rabbit-Proof Fence
Part 2. Living in the World: What are we doing?
11 & 12. Ingold, “Building, dwelling, living” (172-188); Kohn, 103-128.
Ingold, “The temporality of the landscape” (189-208); Kohn, 131-150.
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