Course

The Social Life of Clean Energy

Subject: 

ANTH

Course Code: 

20535

Section: 

91

Session: 

IV

Course Type: 

Course

Instructor: 

Alyssa Cymene Howe

Lecturer, Department of Anthropology

Dates: 

Monday, July 31, 2017 to Friday, August 18, 2017

Days: 

M
W
F

Times: 

3:00 PM–6:00 PM

Tuition: 

3,875

Description: 

This course in political and environmental anthropology focuses on how renewable energy forms (like solar, wind, biofuel, and geothermal) have become increasingly important sites of political activity, commercial opportunity and social imagination across the world. Against the backdrop of an enduring geopolitics and geoeconomics of petroleum, coal and nuclear power, of transnational activist and governmental discourse on sustainability, and of local concerns about resource entitlement and cultural sovereignty, we will examine how clean energy forms are being imagined, developed, institutionalized, and contested in a variety of places across the world. In each case, we explore the unique social life of an emergent technology and source of power.

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