Politics, Identity, and Resistance - Trash Talk: Politics of Waste

CLLC-L 120 / CLASS 34727 — Fall 2022

Edmondson Hall Classroom
Days and Times
Tu/Th 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., 3 credits
Course Description

Waste plays an incredibly important but often understated role in human life. With concerns about the future of our environment becoming more urgent, we find ourselves thinking about waste—reducing it, reusing it, moving it, destroying it—more than ever. But if we want to properly tackle problems relating to waste, we must first know what waste is. What makes an object trash? Is it something about the object itself or something about the relation between us and an object? This course explores fundamental questions about waste that enable students to face waste-related challenges in their own lives and communities. We consider a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, focusing especially on philosophical approaches. Students will conduct independent research projects (in the form of art, ethnography, or other analysis) that push them to engage with waste in creative and unfamiliar ways. Students of all backgrounds are welcome.

Instructor: Zara Anwarzai

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)