Seminars in Social and Cultural Anthropology: Special Topics

Course Number: 
250X
Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2018
Section: 
002
Location: 
Barrows 78
Instructor: 
Sarah Vaughn
Units: 
4
Time: 
We 2:00PM - 3:59PM
CCN: 
32981

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.