Politics Beyond the Human / Political Ecologies

Epsen Rasmussen

The first gathering will be devoted to asking how the study of ecology might be politicized. We will consider how central concepts of classical social theory–including labor as mediated nature, the commons, and living capital–might be seen differently in light of recent research on infrastructure and animal studies.

Readings: Nicole Shukin, Introduction to Animal Capital (p. 6-24), Stephen Graham, “When Infrastructures Fail,” in Disrupted Cities (p. 1-25), Isabelle Stengers, Cosmopolitics, (p. 33-41).

In the series following-up from last Fall’s Forms of Survival and the Politics of Vulnerability, Politics Beyond the Human continues to address notions of survival and how survival can act as a license to force and at other times a basis for resistance. Politics Beyond the Human expands the scope of inquiry to include discussions of the nonhuman world. The workshop is developed and led by Michelle Ty (PhD candidate English, Designated Emphasis Critical Theory).