Waste, Trash, Pollution

Fall 2021, 2022

How do we as a society know that something is waste? How does something valuable later become trash, or vice versa? This course looks at waste, trash, and pollution from the perspective of culture and sociality. Through reading ethnographies, we’ll analyze how waste draws social boundaries and enacts cultural meanings.

Science, Local and Global

Fall 2020

Drawing on anthropology, social theory, and science and technology studies, this course introduces various ways of analyzing how science is socioculturally specific, situated, and emergent; how this shapes the nature of the scientific knowledge itself; and how this shapes science’s impact on the world.