Anthropology of Carbon
While the idea of carbon-based economies has been a popular starting point for advocacy, policy and science in light of climate change, it has often escaped cultural explanation itself.
But what exactly is a carbon economy? In this seminar, we will examine carbon-- its contested construction as an animate and inanimate matter-- as an anthropological question. In this respect, we look to push beyond asking questions about what is at stake in thinking carbon as a commodity and political subject in its most recognizable forms (oil, gas, carbon credits, trees, etc.). Instead, we will consider the forms of knowledge required to bundle select conditions of matter and life into something amendable to objective regulation, labor, and policing.