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ETHN 113A Decolonizing Geology

•060921: Company drops contentious Keystone XL pipeline project
•060821: “Not Having It”: Winona LaDuke on Mass Protest by Water Protectors to Halt Line 3 Pipeline in Minnesota
•050721: Reading Template for Week 7 is available. We will try to get to the first items (videos) on tuesday, and the last three on thursday. you can withhold your reading template until you are done.
050221: Carbon Colonialism and REDD: Reflections on Resistance
•042821:The priorities of the settler state! Violations of the sovereignty of unceded Secwepmc Land, mancamps that bring sexual violence, disease and drugs into Indigenous communities, damage to ecosystems and pollution of water and dangerous acceleration of greenhouse gas emissions could not stop the Transmountain pipeline expansion, owned and operated by the so-called Canadian government. But the discovery of a hummingbird's nest did.
•042621: Upcoming due dates (tentative): Article Reports: Thurs, May 6; Critical Analysis Essay: ~Sunday, May 16; Indigenous Activist Reports: Thursday, May 20; Final Group Project Presentation: Tuesday, June 1 or Thursday June 3 (Final Project Written Reports cancelled).
•042621: Reminder that bt's office hours are: Mondays 2-4PM; Tuesdays/Thursdays 330-500PM; Thursdays 8-9PM PDT
•042521: Everyone got their top choice for an article to report on - see the list on the assigned and additional reading page. The instructions for the article report, for the Indigenous activist report and for the critical analysis all are on the notes and handouts page.
•042421: Yannick Giovanni Marshall writes about colonialism's savagery and anti-Blackness in Minnesota.
•040721: The reading template for week three is now on the assigned and additional reading page - sorry for the delay!

• If you want to take ETHN 113A, but haven't received account information for this web site, please e-mail bt asap.

• As multiple intersecting crises continue, please prioritize taking care of yourself, your family and friends, and all your relations. Don't hesitate to reach out to bt - bwerner AT ucsd DOT edu.
Nick Estes on Bill Gates is the biggest private owner of farmland in the United States. Why?
•API Media and UCSD Mutual Aid are hosting an event on March 27 1130AM-1PM PDT for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in Kumeyaay Territory (the San Diego area) who need space to process and heal in community. Activities will include: Creative writing session, inspired by Bhanu Kapil’s “12 Questions”; Processing discussion in small groups; Mapping our relationships and roles in mutual aid and resistance. Contact bt for the registration link.
• Myanmar, a former British colony, is a site of neo-colonial mineral extractivism fueled by geological studies, methods and technology and neoliberal capitalism. Myanmar is home to ancient resistance movements that occupied upland regions to escape states that developed in river valleys supported by rice agriculture. In 2017, extremely violent attacks by the military on Rohingya Muslims resulted in over one million refugees fleeing the country. Myanmar experienced a military coup on February 1, and currently a strong resistance movement is battling the military to return the civilian government to power. Check out Inside Myanmar's Crackdown.
• Check out Ana Naomi de Sousa's article How Portugal silenced 'centuries of violence and trauma' from the transatlantic slave trade
• Mining and colonialism: Rio Tinto pledges to protect cultural heritage after Juukan Gorge disaster
Inuit voices grow louder in fight over Nunavut mine expansion
Indigenous Zineopedia 1.0 from Indigenous Action Media
Naomi Klein on the Fossil Fuel Shock Doctrine
Chóo’onum Nonéshkinum, All My Relations" Colloquium with Ami Amire and Dr. Stan Rodriguez Please join the Ethnic Studies first-year graduate student cohor for a conversation with Ami Amire and Dr. Stan Rodriguez as they share their Indigenous knowledge and experiences with us and guide us on how the UCSD community can best support the collective stewardship of their homelands and the self-reliance of Kumeyaay and Payomkawichum people. || February 24, 2021 from 3:00-4:30pm via Zoom
• See these amazing poems of resistance from the Marshall Islands by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner:
Anointed || Dear Matafele Peinem || Rise: From One Island to Another (by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner and Aka Niviána

ETHN 113A Decolonizing Geology /\ Spring 2021
Online - Meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays 200-320PM P.D.T.

The current time (P.D.T.) in Kumeyaay Territory (so called San Diego) is:

The origins, development and practice of the geological sciences have been closely tied to colonization, but these ties rarely are acknowledged, discussed, critiqued or used as a basis for rethinking present day practices and trends. In this course, we will deconstruct the historical, functional and dynamical relationships between colonialism and geology, discuss how these relationships have developed over time, and explore practical methods for how geology (and, by extension, earth science and other fields of western science) might be decolonized.

Who should take this courseUpper division students interested in Native studies, decolonial frameworks, the Earth sciences, the history of geology, critiques of scientific methods and knowledge, Indigenous and western conceptions of earth science and the anthropocene, ecowomanism, and/or Indigenous resistance movements. Prior knowledge is neither assumed nor required - open to folx from all disciplines represented at UCSD. Please bring to the course a passion to learn from the texts, from the activists on the frontlines of struggles and from other folx in the class!

We will be referencing or reading selections from the following authors:
Linda Tuhiwai Smith Decolonizing Methodologies
Nick Estes Our History is the Future
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
Audra Simpson Mohawk Interruptus // Theorizing Native Studies
Kanahus Manuel Decolonization: The Frontline Struggle
Wallace Stegner Beyond the Hundredth Meridian
Eve Tuck and K Wayne Yang Decolonization is not a metaphor
Ngugi Wa Thiong'o Decolonising the Mind
Shawn Wilson Research is Ceremony
Melanie L Harris Ecowomanism: Black women, religion, and the environment
Jodi A.Byrd The Transit of Empire
Robert Frodeman Geological reasoning
Cindy Cleland Historical science, experimental science, and the scientific method
Karin Animoto Ingersoll Waves of Knowing
Mishuana Goeman Ongoing storms and struggles: Gendered violence and resource exploitation
Toni Jensen Women in the Fracklands
Bernard Madley An American Genocide
Kyle Whyte The Dakota access pipeline, environmental injustice, and US colonialism
Klee Benally Uranium Mining at Grand Canyon // Accomplices Not Allies
Raúl Zibechi Territories in Resistance
Andrew Stuhl Unfreezing the Arctic: Science, Colonialism and the Transformation of Inuit Lands
Kathryn Yusoff A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None
Andrew Jolivétte Research Justice
Alison Wylie A plurality of pluralisms: Collaborative practice in archaeology

A draft syllabus for Spring 2021 is now available. Click on the syllabus link to the right. For questions and further information, contact the instructor, bt werner: bwerner AT ucsd DOT edu.

Download the ETHN 113A Decolonizing Geology Flyer here.

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ETHN 113A will be conducted on stolen, colonized, occupied, unceded Kumeyaay Land. Discussions about return of the Land and restoration of its Relationality will occur throughout the quarter.

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