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ETHN 189 Decolonizing Geology

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ETHN 189 Decolonizing Geology /\ Spring 2020

Online - Meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays 200-320PM P.D.T.
Click on the Week One - A Chatroom to the right for the first class. Please note that you must be logged in to this web site to access the chatroom. If you have not received login information, send an e-mail to bt asap.

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.

During Spring 2020, this course will be taught online. It is a discussion course, and in the interest of transparency, it will be possible to cover online only a small fraction of the material using online methods. I do pledge that if and when in-person instruction is restored, I will teach Decolonizing Geology in the first quarter possible. Because this is a discussion course, there will be no video-streamed lectures. Instead, I will provide materials for you to review in advance of class, and we will spend class time discussing it in an appropriate format.

Who should take this courseUpper division students interested in Native studies, decolonial frameworks, 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.

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

This is a new course. Further information and a draft syllabus will be posted as the spring quarter approaches. For questions and further information, contact the instructor, bt werner: bwerner AT ucsd DOT edu.

Download the ETHN 189 Decolonizing Geology Flyer here.

All original material on this web site is copyrighted (bt werner). Registered students can download one copy of materials for their own use, but cannot make additional copies or post in unaltered or altered form anywhere else.

ETHN 189 will be conducted on stolen, colonized, occupied Kumeyaay Land. Discussions about return of the Land and restoration of its Relationality will occur throughout the quarter.

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