This seminar is a critical exploration of the concept of extinction as it is being understood, witnessed, and/or debated in the early 21st century. What kind of decisions and actions are made on the basis of something -a way of life, a language, or a body of evidence - that is said to be disappearing? Answers to the question of extinction often exceed theoretical frames, making extinction, near-extinction, and the "hour" of extinction, for that matter, not at all transparent phenomena. An anthropological "four-field" approach will help navigate this boundary object and the complex empirical realities it entails. Topics include biodiversity loss and extinction events, language endangerment and cultural and ethnic genocide; sex-selection and femicide, end-of-life ethics and care; climate change and food insecurity, the extinction of diseases & the emergence of new ones, "salvage anthropology" and colonial legacies, and war and contemporary heritage loss. The course consists of short papers, engagements with colloquium speakers, as well as an end-of-year graduate student colloquium. Open to second year anthropology graduate students. Other interested students should contact the instructors for permission before enrolling.
Section 301 - SEM - NATURES, COLLOQUIUM 2017-2018
M 1200PM-0300PM