Black Atlantic Environments

Special Topics in Social/Cultural Anthropology
Course Number: 
189
Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2017
Section: 
003
Location: 
202 Wheeler
Instructor: 
Sarah Vaughn
Units: 
4
Time: 
Tu, Th 2:00 pm - 3:29 pm
Black Atlantic Environments
 
In recent years, informed by such high profile events as Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haitian Earthquake, there has been a resurgence of interest amongst scholars to consider the role of the environment in the black diaspora.  The course will consider the ways in which issues of space and the production of environmental knowledge have shaped a region provisionally called the “Black Atlantic.”  What is the Black Atlantic?  In what way has the Black Atlantic been historically framed by environmental events and processes?

A special emphasis will be placed on Caribbean environments and their historical position as arguably the first sites for thinking and inhabiting the Black Atlantic. Our readings will also include case studies about Latin America, the US, and West Africa to consider what contemporary climate-related crises, human rights abuses and land, food systems, tourism, biotechnology, and natural resource use have to do with the future of Black Atlantic experiences.