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    Course Number: HUM 295 | CCN: 30327

    Graduate Seminar: Art, Ecology, and other Earthly Matters

    Sugata Ray, Asma Kazmi (Art Practice), Sharad Chari (Geography)

    Monday: 3:00-5:00pm

    Course Catalog Description
    These graduate seminars, ranging across disciplines, bring collaborative approaches and team-teaching to graduate studies in the humanities. Teams include two faculty members from the Division of Arts & Humanities and one faculty member from an outside discipline. Seminars include up to eighteen graduate students from different disciplines. In the first half of the semester, explorations and readings are organized by the three faculty members. In the second half, the graduate students form small cohorts, each tasked with collaborating on a research paper, white paper, or conference panel related to a case study.

    Class Description
    As we face cataclysmic ecological and social alterations globally, Art, Ecology, and other Earthly Matters asks: How can we link critique and the aesthetics of persuasion in thinking about earthly matters? The aim of the seminar is to read human interaction and imagination in relation to the past, present, and future of earthly environments, as shaped by historical processes and movements, as well as by resonances and interruptions. Rethinking in the most capacious way possible notions of the animal, the botanic, the oceanic, the geologic, and the atmospheric, this course prompts embodied response to this urgent moment through complex, experimental, scholarly, and practice-based interventions. For graduate students, this will be a novel course for thinking about earthly and ecological issues with all their senses linking artistic fabrication with critical analysis.

    Class Notes
    Instructor approval required. Please submit an expression of interest online at The priority application deadline is November 2020. Decisions will be made by December 2020. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the beginning of the semester as space permits. Selected students will receive a $1,300 research stipend. Questions? Please email

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