Course: Ethnography in the Anthropocene (2013)

The emergent literature on the Anthropocene is complex, dense and expanding rapidly across a number of venues, disciplines and discourses. The aim of this course is to examine certain key recent texts on the concept, assess some of their potential implications and consider possible lines of critique. The principal objectives are to introduce students to the concept of the Anthropocene, equip them with some basic orientations and offer some critical framings for the concept—in general terms, and also as it relates specifically to anthropology and ethnographic practice. Readings combine a selection of theoretical and methodological approaches, ethnographic examples and critiques.