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Exposed: Public Environmental Humanities

People in personal protective suits perform a decontamination ritual on riprap against a backdrop of San Francisco’s skyline

HUM 596 B

Exposed: Public Environmental Humanities

(5 credits)

Time Schedule

Instructor: Jason Groves (Department of Germanics)


This seminar surveys prospects for public scholarship in the environmental humanities. It is designed to accommodate those just beginning to explore alternative designs to conventional re- search projects as well as those with established ones underway. Organized around questions of exposure and oriented toward environmental justice, course readings and activities explore different forms of vulnerability in a time of planetary crisis as well as public practices of repair, including publishing, collecting, conserv- ing, curating, performing, and organizing. Due to the current pandemic, much of the seminar’s coursework will take a speculative form, drawing on the speculative practices and genres, from sci-fi to Afrofuturism, that have been developed by writers, scholars, artists, designers, and activists in order to envision livable futures beyond current impasses. Offered via remote learning.

Course Meetings:

Mondays | 1:30 – 4:20pm Remote (Zoom) and Synchronous

Reimagining the Humanities PhD

This course arises from Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics, a program launched by the Simpson Center for the Humanities with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program envisions new forms of public-facing and collaborative scholarship. Learn more at public-scholarship.

For questions on this course, please contact Jason Groves at