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Exposed: Public Environmental Humanities

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HUM 596 B

Exposed: Public Environmental Humanities

(5 credits)

Time Schedule

Instructor: Jason Groves (Department of Germanics)

Description:

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 simpsoncenter.org/programs/ public-scholarship.

For questions on this course, please contact Jason Groves at jagroves@uw.edu.