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CAT 3 Queering Climate Change

The dominant discourse on climate change centers on the past and possible future trajectories mapped out by scientists for Earth's climate, the origin of climate change in anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, the disastrous consequences that will ensue if action isn't taken immediately and the secure and sustainable, although perhaps difficult, future that will result if the advice of scientists, engineers and policymakers is followed. In effect, if the future is put in the hands of these experts, catastrophe will be averted. This discourse has given rise to a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through incentives or restrictions and has narrowed popular and political discussion on climate change to peripheral arguments over whether change is happening, whether anthropogenic emissions are responsible, and what forms of green technology and geoengineering are best.

In this course, we are going to queer climate change by critiquing this discourse and envisioning alternate futures. First, we will sample well-established critical analysis frameworks such as indigenous ways of knowing, ecofeminism, ecowomxnism, critical race theory, postcolonialism, intersectionality, disaster capitalism/NGO industrial complex, environmental justice, crip theory and queer theory to provide us with a lens and a set of tools to deconstruct the assumptions and logic that underlies climate change discourse. Then, guided by the foregrounding of marginalized voices, including People from the Global South, Womxn, Native People, Dissident Artists, People of Color, Rural People, People with Disabilities, Activists and Queers, we will open up and explore the space of possible societal relationships to Earth's climate.

Students in this course will construct arguments surrounding climate change through writing, presentations and art to chart an alternate description of where we've been, where we are and where we are going.

CAT 3 Queering Climate Change will be taiught ONLINE during Spring Quarter 2021. Visit this page for updates, a draft syllabus and more information about the course in early 2021.

Contact the instructor bt werner bwerner AT ucsd DOT edu with questions.


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