Whose Anthropocene? Global South Perspectives on Environmental Crisis

Course Number: LATAMER 590S, CULANTH 590S, ENVIRON 590S

Course Attributes: CCI, EI, CZ, SS

Course Time: Thursdays, 4:40pm – 7:10pm

Course Description:

The Anthropocene is defined as the epoch in which human activity has matched the scale of geological processes and disturbed Earth’s thermodynamic balance. Beyond introducing unprecedented environmental crises, the Anthropocene has revealed the inadequacy of Western scientific disciplines to address such problems. In Anthropology and Environmental Studies, promising new forms of engagement with non-Western philosophies are occurring on both sides of the Atlantic. This seminar will address the contributions of Latin American, African, and Asian authors (and artists, shamans, and activists) to the Anthropocene debate.

Renzo TaddeiFaculty Biography:

Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Saõ Paulo, Brazil, Dr. Taddei specializes in the anthropology of environment and climate. He is also affiliated with the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology at Columbia University.