COML 4334

COML 4334

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

The seminar will explore relations between the tangible effects of climate on urban, infrastructural, and ecological landscapes in the Caribbean and lived experiences of climate as mediated through literature, film, and other expressive forms. Topics will range from historical accounts of climate as 'catastrophe' – the effects of hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes– to colonial histories of coerced labor, to climate as a more general horizon in the constitution of Caribbean worlds. The seminar draws on the work of anthropologist Anna Tsing, interpreting the industrialized-urbanized ecological territory in terms of "capitalist ruination" which, nonetheless, holds possibilities for other modes of environmentality, as the hazards effected by climate change fundamentally disrupt and transform the very urbanity constituted through colonial and later resource extractive appropriations.

When Offered Spring.

Breadth Requirement (GB)
Distribution Category (ALC-AS, CA-AS, GLC-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  • 19414 COML 4334   SEM 101

    • T Uris Hall 498
    • Jan 22 - May 7, 2024
    • Melas, N

  • Instruction Mode: In Person