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ETHN 113A Decolonizing Geology

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ETHN 113A Decolonizing Geology /\ Spring 2024
Meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays 200-320PM P.D.T. HSS 2333B

Click on the Syllabus link to the right to see last year's syllabus - an updated syllabus will be available near the end of winter quarter.

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The origins, development and practice of the Earth 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 relationship between colonialism and the Earth Sciences, discuss how this relationship has developed over time and explore practical methods for how the connections between the Earth Sciences (and, by extension, other fields of western science) and colonialism might be unwound.

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!

Learning Objectives
– Learn about and explore methods for deconstructing the knowledge system of the Earth sciences, revealing its historical path dependences and underlying assumptions
– Describe the interconnections between colonialism and the the Earth sciences
– Using cases studies, focus on the role of the Earth sciences in 'exploration,' resource extraction, hetero-patriarchal violence and resistance movements
– Investigate ways in which research, measurements, models, knowledge and education in the Earth sciences can be transformed to be part of a larger project of decolonization, and explore methods for empowering activists to push for these changes

Unlearning Objectives
-- Challenge the common assumption that the Earth Sciences are 'neutral.'
-- Question Earth Science's alliances with struggles about Climate Change, Extractivism, etc.
-- Critique Earth Science's 'moves towards innocence' wrt Anti-Blackness and Anti-Indigeneity

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

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

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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