Race, Nature & Power
Next offered during 2017-2018 school-year
This undergraduate seminar explores the role that racial formation and power relations play in the cultural, political and spatial production of nature. Students will bring together the insights of political ecology (usually associated with the rural Third World) and environmental justice (usually associated with the urban US) in three modules:
- Racial formations in place-making;
- (Un)natural disasters and the distribution of risk; and
- Body politics (including debates over reproductive justice and Native American DNA).
There are no prerequisites, but students should first take one relevant lower-division course. Possibilities include: Environmental Justice (Geog272), Geography of Food & Eating (Geog271), and/or Environmental Conservation (Geog370).