Spring 2013: Geography 813: Political Ecology

GEOG 813 Political Ecology with Dr. Gabriella Valdivia

Meets Thursdays, 4:00-6:30pm

Power structures, circulation and value, assemblages, networks and meshworks, apparatuses and government, imaginaries and embodiments, more-than-humans and cyborgs. This is a short-list of the explosion of concepts and approaches that characterize the multiverse of political ecology. How do political ecologists make sense of these concepts and their associated projects? What conceptual and ethical work do these concepts do? If the hallmark of political ecology is qualitative and ethnographic research, how do we bring theory and field into productive conversation? This seminar involves a critical exploration of theories and themes related to nature, political economy, and culture –fundamental themes in political ecology. Our exploration will consist of reading how theories about nature-society relations inform fieldwork and ethnographic writing and how the field informs intellectual and ethical engagements. Readings will include “fundamental” texts in geography concerned with the politics and materialities of environmental change, Marxist theorizations of value, post-structural and post-colonial approaches, and post-humanist works. This effort will involve reading selections of texts by Marx, Gramsci, Smith, Foucault, Latour, Deleuze, Haraway, and Ingold, among others, and putting them in conversation with some of their interlocutors in political ecology, some of which include Wainwright, Watts, Moore, Li, Henderson, Peluso, Robbins, Gandy, Swyngedouw, Prudham, Gidwani, Braun, Guthman, Agrawal, Kull, Whatmore, Bobrow-Strain, Nast, Auyero, and Escobar.

Please contact Gabriela Valdivia (valdivia@email.unc.edu) if you are interested in enrolling in this seminar and have questions.

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