Political Ecologies: Nature, Place, Heritage Archive (2015-2016)

2015-2016 Events

Please see below for archived 2015-2016 events.

MEETING THE UNIVERSE HALFWAY

Please join the Political Ecology Working Group for a discussion of Meeting the Universe Halfway by Karen Barad.  We will focus the discussion on Chapter 4. “Agential Realism: How Material-Discursive Practices Matter”, pp. 132-185.

You are welcome to read other chapters as well, such as the Introduction, which may be helpful. The online book can be found here.

Date(s): Monday, 5/2 3:00 PM to Monday, 5/2 5:00 PM
Campus Address: Lower Level of Stevenson Hall
Address: 701 S. Morgan St.
Location: Chicago, IL
Contact: Linda Vavra
Email: huminst@uic.edu
Website: www.huminst.uic.edu
Phone: (312) 996-6352

THE MUSHROOM AT THE END OF THE WORLD

Please join us for a discussion of Mushrooms at the End of the World by Anna Tsing. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Date(s): Monday, 4/4 3:00 PM to Monday, 4/4 5:00 PM
Campus Address: Lower Level Stevenson Hall
Address: 701 S. Morgan St.
Location: Chicago, IL
Contact: Linda Vavra
Email: huminst@uic.edu
Website: huminst.uic.edu
Phone: (312) 996-6352

POLITICAL ECOLOGIES WORKING GROUP READING

Political Ecologies Working Group at the Institute for the Humanities will have its next meeting on February 29, 2016 from 3-5 pm, at the lower level Stevenson Hall.

Continuing to think about the recent interventions of artists and writers on the politics of the environment, we will return to the Dark Mountain Collective manifesto “Uncivilisation” and add to the discussion two essays from Volume 1 of the: Dark Mountain Journal Volume 1 and two essays from the recently published anthology Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics.

from Dark Mountain Journal Volume 1:

1. John Michael Greer, The falling years: an Inhumanist vision 6-17

2. Dougald Hine, Black Elephants and skull jackets a conversation with Vinay Gupta 32-46 (in the conversation section)

Critical Landscapes

1. Trevor Paglen, Experimental Geography: From Cultural production to the Production of Space, 34-42

2. T.J. Demos, Another World, and Another … Notes on Uneven Geographies, 151-160

Please join us in the Institute for the Humanities, lower level Stevenson Hall for conversation, coffee and snacks.

Date(s): Monday, 2/29 3:00 PM to Monday, 2/29 5:00 PM
Campus Address: Lower Level Stevenson Hall
Address: 701 S. Morgan
Location: Chicago, IL
Contact: Linda Vavra
Email: huminst@uic.edu
Website: huminst.uic.edu
Phone: (312) 996-6352

POLITICAL ECOLOGIES WORKING GROUP

The Political Ecologies Working Group will be reading selections from Dark Mountain on Monday, January 25th, 3-5 at the Institute for the Humanities.

Readings: Dark Mountain Collective original pamphlet “Uncivilisation”

The first essay in Volume 1 of the Dark Mountain journal. Dark Mountain Journal Volume 1

Date(s): Monday, 1/25 3:00 PM to Monday, 1/25 5:00 PM
Campus Address: The Institute for the Humanities
Address: 701 S. Morgan Street
Location: Chicago, IL
Contact: Linda Vavra
Email: huminst@uic.edu
Website: huminst.uic.edu
Phone: (312) 996-6352

READINGS: JANE BENNETT’S VIBRANT MATTER: A POLITICAL ECOLOGY OF THINGS

Please join the Political Ecology Working Group for a discussion of Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (Duke University Press 2010).   We are reading selections from Chapters 1,2 3, 7 and 8.

Chapter 1 
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 7
Chapter 8

 

Date(s): Monday, 12/7 3:00 PM to Monday, 12/7 5:00 PM
Campus Address: Lower Level Stevenson Hall
Address: 701 South Morgan
Location: Chicago, IL
Contact: Linda Vavra
Email: huminst@uic.edu
Phone: (312) 996-6352

READINGS: BRUNO LATOUR’S POLITICS OF NATURE

At the end of the October 19 meeting, we agreed to read the first two chapters from Bruno Latour’s Politics of Nature. Those of you who are willing to venture into the other chapters are of course always welcome. I am attaching here a pdf for:  “Introduction: What is to be Done with Political Ecology?” and Chapter 1. “Why Political Ecology Has to let Go of Nature?”.

Date(s): Monday, 11/16 3:00 PM to Monday, 11/16 5:00 PM
Campus Address: Lower Level of Stevenson Hall
Address: 701 South Morgan, Lower Level / Stevenson Hall
Location: Chicago, IL
Contact: Linda Vavra
Email: huminst@uic.edu
Website: http://huminst.uic.edu/
Phone: (312) 996-6352

READINGS: ARTURO ESCOBAR'S TERRITORIES OF DIFFERENCE, "INTRODUCTION" AND THE FIRST CHAPTER ENTITLED "PLACE"

Date(s): Monday, 10/19 3:00 PM to Monday, 10/19 5:00 PM
Campus Address: Institute for the Humanities
Address: 701 S. Morgan
Location: Chicago, IL
Contact: Linda Vavra
Email: huminst.uic.edu
Website: huminst.uic.edu
Phone: (312) 996-6352

FIRST MEETING OF POLITICAL ECOLOGIES WORKING GROUP

Professors Molly Doane (Anthropology) and Ömür Harmanşah (Art History) as well as the Institute for the Humanities are excited to invite faculty and students to the first meeting of the Working Group in Political Ecologies: Nature, Place, Heritage, on September 21st at 4 pm at the Institute for the Humanities. The Political Ecologies Working Group wishes to open a cross-disciplinary platform for faculty and students interested in engaging with questions that relate to social movements, the environment, biodiversity, ecological activism, human rights, cultural heritage, environmental justice, and public humanities. It responds to the desire of UIC faculty and students for engagement and collaboration with local communities in the global contexts of development.

The Working Group on Political Ecologies plans to form a cross-disciplinary academic community for weekly meetings to discuss readings and scholarly work drawn from a variety of fields, including anthropology, art history, contemporary art practice, historical ecology, environmental sciences, political science, environmental humanities, philosophy, studies on climate change among others.

Please join us for a brainstorming session on September 21st at 4 pm at the Institute for the Humanities.

Date(s): Monday, 9/21 4:00 PM to Monday, 9/21 5:00 PM
Address: 701 South Morgan St.
Location: Chicago
Contact: Linda Vavra
Email: huminist@uic.edu
Phone: 312-996-6352