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Syllabus

by on August 17, 2011

Readings on this syllabus may be subject to modification during the semester; consider this a working document that will be shaped by our mutual input.

Introduction

Monday Aug 22, 2011

Subject: Introduction to the course, course outline

Readings: None

 

Wednesday Aug 24, 2011

Subject: Why study people and the environment?

Readings:

Please read this somewhat random selection of short news articles and consider them in light of the the following questions: 1. Why study people and the environment? 2. Is such study relevant to today’s world? How do people effect the environment? How does the environment effect people? What roles do religion, politics, trade, business, peace and war, play in these interactions? What role does science play in these articles? Think of other recent news that highlights or underlines your answers.

 

Baron, D. (Producer). (2011, July 28, 2011) The Cougar Behind Your Trash Can. The New York Times. retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/29/opinion/the-cougar-behind-your-trash-can.html

 

Ricard, M. (Producer). (2011, August 20, 2011) The Future Doesn’t Hurt. Yet. The New York Times. retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/24/opinion/global/24iht-june24-ihtmag-ricard-30.html?_r=1&sq=Bhutan&st=Search&scp=1&pagewanted=print

 

Article at this link:

http://www.bhutanobserver.bt/building-resilience-climate-change-technology/

 

BBC. (2011, August 20, 2011) Google begins Amazon river Street View Project. retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14592184?print=true

 

Zelman, J. (2011, Aug 20, 2011) Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Filmed, Governments Take Notice. retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/04/uncontacted-amazon-tribe-video_n_818621.html

 

Wade, N. (2007, August 20, 2011) Study Traces Cat’s Ancestry to Middle East. The New York Times. retrieved fromhttp://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/29/science/29cat.html?adxnnl=1&ref=

cyprus&adxnnlx=1313885235-L5lpbb2CEXIs+fFVcjZuTA

 

Gorvett, J. (2006, August 20, 2011) A deep and abiding scar in Cyprus. Aljazeera. retrieved from http://english.aljazeera.net/archive/2006/06/20084109275964590.html

 

Please read the work below and then think about the questions Forsyth raises and how they would or would not change your interpretation of the articles and op-ed’s above.

 

Forsyth T. 2003. Critical political ecology: the politics of environmental science. London; New York: Routledge. (Ch 1)

 

 

Friday Aug 26, 2011

Subject: Field assignments, an introduction to methods: connections, introductions, and safety

Readings:

Grumbine ER. 2011. Notes towards a Natural History of Dams. In: Fleischner TL, editor. The Way of Natural History. San Antonio: Trinity University Press. Pp. 91-100.

Abu-Lughod L. 1986. Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society. Berkeley: University of California Press. Pp. 1-35

 

Monday Aug 29, 2011

Subject: An intro to the study of Humans and the Environment

Readings:

Ellen RF, and Fukui K. 1996. Redefining nature: ecology, culture, and domestication. Oxford, UK; Washington, D.C.: Berg. Ch 1.

 

Arnold D. 1996. The problem of nature: environment, culture and European expansion. Oxford, [Eng.]; Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell. Ch 1-2.

 

Wednesday Aug 31, 2011

Subject: Cultural Ecology, Human Ecology, Political Ecologyà some theory and methods

Readings:

 

Bates DG, and Tucker J. 2010. Introduction: Theory, Method, and Explanation in Human Ecology. In: Bates DG, and Tucker J, editors. Human Ecology: Contemporary Research and Practice. New York: Springer. p 1-9.

 

Walters, B. B., & Vayda, A. P. (2009). Event Ecology, Causal Historical Analysis, and Human-Environment Research. [Article]. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 99(3), 534-553.

 

Friday Sept 2, 2011

Subject: observation—participant observation, mindfulness training, perspectives, and bias

Readings:

Sewall, L. (2011). Perceiving a World of Relations. In T. L. Fleischner (Ed.), The Way of Natural History (pp. 42-52). San Antonio: Trinity University Press.

 

Stoller P. 1989. The Taste of Ethnographic Things: the Senses in Anthropology. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. (Read chapter 1 and 2)

 

 

***Assignment: first Friday Field Paper due at the beginning of class. Bring a printed hard copy and email one to me as well***

 

Humans vs. Env, Env vs. Humans, Duality and Landscape

Monday Sept 5, 2011

No Class Labor Day

 

Wednesday Sept 7, 2011

Subject: Amazonia as a garden, urban forests and rural cities, transforming the waterways + a word about the final research project

Readings:

Mann CC. 2002. 1491. The Atlantic Monthly. p 41-53.

 

Padoch C, Brondizio E, Costa S, Pinedo-Vasquez M, Sears RR, and Siqueira A. 2008. Urban Forest and Rural Cities: Multi-sited Households, Consumption Patterns, and Forest Resources in Amazonia. Ecol Soc 13(2).

 

Raffles, H., & WinklerPrins, A. M. G. A. (2003). Further reflections on Amazonian environmental history: Transformations of rivers and streams. Latin American Research Review, 38(3), 165-187

Friday Sept 9, 2011

Subject: Participant observation, mindfulness, and working with experts and informants

Readings:

Slater C. 1994. Dance of the Dolphin: Transformation and Disenchantment in the Amazonian Imagination. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Intro and Ch 2

 

Pinedo-Vasquez M. 1996. Local Experts and Local Leaders: Lessons from Amazonia. PLEC News and Views 6 (March): 30-32.

 

Monday Sept 12, 2011

Subject: Steward and some of the roots in cultural ecology

Readings:

Steward JH. 1977. The Concept and Method of Cultural Ecology. In: Steward JC, and Murphy RF, editors. Evolution and Ecology. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. p 43-57.

 

Please, make sure you have caught up on any previous Monday or Wed readings you have skipped or skimmed. Discussion will call on specific aspects of several of these.

 

 

Wednesday Sept 14, 2011

Subject: Mother Nature and the balance of Nature

Readings:

Pimm SL. 1991. The Balance of Nature? Ecological Issues in the Conservation of Species and Communities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Chapter 1.

 

Jelinski DE. 2010. On the Notions of Mother Nature and the Balance of Nature and Their Implications for Conservation. In: Bates DG, and Tucker J, editors. Human Ecology: Contemporary Research and Practice. New York: Springer. p 37-50.

 

 

Friday Sept 16, 2011

Subject: Final project proposal discussion groups. Methodology—interviews and surveys, listening and talking

Readings:

None

 

***Assignment: Final project proposal due at the beginning of class. Please bring a printed copy to class and email a copy to me as well***

 

Monday Sept 19, 2011

Subject: Images of separate and integrated and their effects

Readings:

Terborgh J. 1999. Requiem for Nature. Washington, D. C.: Island Press. Chapters 1, 2, and 12.

 

Steven R. Brechin, Peter Wilshusen, Crystal Fortwangler and Patrick West. 2002. Beyond the Square Wheel: Toward a More Comprehensive Understanding of Biodiversity Conservation as Social and Political Process. Society and Natural Resources, 15, pp.41-64.

 

Wednesday Sept 21, 2011

Subject: Landscape, taking an integrated view

Readings:

Terkenli, T. S. (2001). Towards a Theory of the Landscape: the Aegean Landscape as a Cultural

Image. Landscape and Urban Planning, 57, 197-208.

 

Tress, B., Gunther, T., Henri, D., & d’Hauteserre, A.-M. (2001). Bridging Human and Natural

Sciences in Landscape Research. Landscape and Urban Planning, 57, 137-141.

 

Knapp, B. A. (2003). Preface. In M. Given & B. A. Knapp (Eds.), The Sydney Cyprus Survey

Project: Social Approaches to Regional Archaeological Survey (Vol. Monumenta Archaeologica

21, pp. xv-xvi). Los Angeles, California: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of

California.

 

 

Friday Sept 23, 2011

Subject: Interviews and surveys/listening and talking continued

Readings:

Rubin HJ, and Rubin I. 1995. Qualitative Interviewing: the Art of Hearing Data. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. Chapter 1

 

Anderson K, and Jack DC. 1991. Learning to Listen: Interview Techniques and Analyses. In: Gluck SB, and Patai D, editors. Women’s Words: the Feminist Practice of Oral History. New York: Routledge. p 11-26.

 

***Assignment: second Friday Field Paper due at the beginning of class. Bring a printed hard copy and email one to me as well***

Factors Driving Landscape Relationships

 

Monday Sept 26, 2011

Subject: Global influences

Readings:

Siebert SF, and Belsky JM. 2007. Reflections on Conservation Education and Practice in Bhutan. Journal of Bhutan Studies Summer: 83-112.

Peet R, Robbins P, and Watts M. 2010. Global Nature. In: Peet R, Robbins P, and Watts M, editors. Global Political Ecology. New York: Routledge. p 1-47.

 

West P, Igoe J, and Brockington D. 2006. Parks and Peoples: The Social Impact of Protected Areas. Annual Review of Anthropology 35(1): 251-277

 

Wednesday Sept 28, 2011

Subject: Image and narrative

Readings:

Viveiros de Castro E. 1996. Images of Nature and Society in Amazonian Ethnology. Annual Review of Anthropology 25(1):179-200.

 

Cronon, William. “A Place for Stories: Nature, History, and Narrative.” The Journal of American History 78, no. 4 (1992): 1347-1376.

 

 

Friday Sept 30, 2011

Subject: Oral history

Readings:

Portelli A. 1990. The Death of Luigi Trastulli, and Other Stories: Form and Meaning in Oral History. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press. (Chapter 1)

 

http://www.archive.org/details/Oral_History_Interview_Portelli

 

Monday Oct 3, 2011

Subject: Image continued

Readings:

Arce-Nazario JA. 2007. Landscape Images in Amazonian Narrative: The Role of Oral History in Environmental Research. Conservation and Society 5(1):115-133.

 

Slater C. 2000. Justice for Whom? Contemporary Images of Amazonia. In: Zerner C, editor. People, Plants, and Justice: The Politics of Nature Conservation. New York: Columbia University Press.

Wednesday Oct 5, 2011

Subject: Human and Wildlife conflict

Readings:

http://www.defenders.org/newsroom/defenders_magazine/fall_2008/on_the_ground_helping_ranchers,_keeping_wolves.php

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2011/02/montanas-governor-encourages-ranchers-to-kill-wolves.html

 

Pate J, Manfredo MJ, Bright AD, and Tischbein G. 1996. Coloradans’ Attitudes toward Reintroducing the Gray Wolf into Colorado. Wildlife Society Bulletin 24(3):421-428.

 

Friday Oct 7, 2011

Subject: Guest Lecture Prof Gaylon Ferguson (Naropa University/ Ph.D. Anthro Stanford University): observation, the other, and mindfulness

Readings:

Rosaldo R. 1989. Culture & Truth: the Remaking of Social Analysis. Boston: Beacon Press. (Read Introduction: Grief and a Headhunter’s Rage)

 

Stoller P. 1989. The Taste of Ethnographic Things: the Senses in Anthropology. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. (Read as much as you can, at least one more full chapter, hopefully several)

 

***Assignment: third Friday Field Paper due at the beginning of class. Bring a printed hard copy and email one to me as well***

 

 

Monday Oct 10, 2011

Subject: Development, Economics, Conservation, and Race

Readings:

Escobar, Arturo. Territories of Difference Place, Movements, Life, Redes. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008. (Chapters 1, 2)

 

Wednesday Oct 12, 2011

Subject: Trade, economies, and the trade in images and resources

Readings:

Aruz J, Benzel K, and Evans JM. 2008. Beyond Babylon. Beyond New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Read the chapter on the Uluburun Ship Wreck)

 

Dammann. 2008 “Archaeo-Ethnobotany of Phlamoudhi Melissa, Cyprus.” In Smith, Joanna S. and contributors. Views from Phlamoudhi, Cyprus. Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research: 63. Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research.

 

Popular Images and the Landscape: Midterm Paper and Presentations

Friday Oct 14, 2011

Subject: Midterm presentations

Readings: None

***Assignment: Midterm paper due at the beginning of class. Bring a printed hard copy and email one to me as well***

 

Monday Oct 17, 2011

Subject: Mid-term presentations

Wednesday Oct 19, 2011

Subject: Mid-term presentations and discussions

 

The Noble Savage, Biodiversity, and Biocultural Diversity

Friday Oct 21, 2011

Subject: Lies, triangulation, and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle

Readings:

TBD

***Assignment: fourth Friday Field Paper due at the beginning of class. Bring a printed hard copy and email one to me as well***

 

Monday Oct 24, 2011

Subject: Bio-cultural preservation

Readings:

Please watch the following Ted talk and then read the blog response listed below.

 

 

http://zeroanthropology.net/2009/07/11/does-wade-davis-do-gaza/

 

Wednesday Oct 26, 2011

Subject: Bio-cultural preservation cont.

Readings:

Alcorn, J. B. (1994). Noble Savage or Noble State?: Northern Myths and Southern Realities in Biodiveristy Conservation. Etnoecológica, 11(3), 7-19.

Cocks M. 2010. What is Biocultural Diversity? A Theoretical Review. In: Bates DG, and Tucker J, editors. Human Ecology: Contemporary Research and Practice. New York: Springer. p 67-77.

 

Lu FE. 2010. The Conservation Catch-22: Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Change. In: Bates DG, and Tucker J, editors. Human Ecology: Contemporary Research and Practice. New York: Springer. p 79-82.

 

Friday Oct 28, 2011

Subject: Measuring things and telling stories, multiple sources of information

Readings:

Given, M., & Seretis, K. (2003). Prologue: Strangers in the Landscape. In M. Given & B. A. Knapp (Eds.), The Sydney Cyprus Survey Project: Social Approaches to Regional Archaeological Survey (Vol. Monumenta Archaeologica 21, pp. xx-xxvii). Los Angeles, California: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California.
West, Paige. 2005. Holding the Story Forever: The Aesthetics of Ethnographic Labor. Anthropological Forum 15 (3):267-275.

 

 

Resilience and Complex Adaptive Systems

Monday Oct 31, 2011

Subject: Two definitions of resilience

Readings:

Holling, C. S. (1973). Resilience and Stability of Ecological Systems. Annual Reveiw of Ecology and Systematics, 4, 1-23.

 

Pimm, S. L. (1984). The Complexity and Stability of Ecosystems. Nature, 307 (5949), 321-326.

 

Wednesday Nov 2, 2011

Subject: Working with resilience theory and complex adaptive systems

Readings:

Holling, C. S. (2003). Foreward: The Backloop to Sustainability. In F. Berkes, J. Colding& C. Folke (Eds.), Navigating Social-Ecological Systems: Building Resilience forComplexity and Change (pp. xv-xxi). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

L. H. Gunderson & L. J. Pritchard (Eds.), Resilience and the Behavior of Large-Scale Systems (pp. 3-20). Washington:Island Press.

 

Friday Nov 4, 2011

Subject: Final paper discussion groups

Readings:

None

 

***Assignment: Draft of final paper bibliography due at the beginning of class. Bring a printed hard copy and email one to me as well ***

 

Monday Nov 7, 2011

Subject: Case studies on resilience

Readings:

Coomes OT, Takasaki Y, Abizaid C, and Barham BL. 2010. Floodplain fisheries as natural insurance for the rural poor in tropical forest environments: evidence from Amazonia. Fisheries Management and Ecology 17(6): 513-521.

 

Smith RC. 2011. Introduction: Human Society in the Várzea: A History of Change and Adaptation to Contextual Uncertainties. In: Pinedo-Vasquez M, Ruffino ML, Padoch C, and Brondízio ES, editors. The Amazon Várzea: The Decade Past and the Decade Ahead: Springer Netherlands. p 3-10.

 

Wednesday Nov 9, 2011

Subject: Case studies on resilience cont.

Readings:

Stiner MC, and Kuhn SL. 2010. Tracking the Carbon Footpring of Paleolithic Societies in Mediterranean Ecosystems. In: Bates DG, and Tucker J, editors. Human Ecology: Contemporary Research and Practice. New York: Springer. p 109-125.

Meenawat H, and Sovacool B. 2011. Improving adaptive capacity and resilience in Bhutan. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 16(5):515-533.

 

Friday Nov 11, 2011

Subject: Internal Review Boards (IRB); asking questions that could get you shot?

Readings:

TBD

***Assignment: fifth Friday Field Paper due at the beginning of class. Bring a printed hard copy and email one to me as well ***

 

Monday Nov 14, 2011

Subject: Guest Lecture—Dr. Miranda Mockrin U.S. Forest Service, Fort Collins, CO

Readings: TBD

 

Wednesday Nov 16, 2011

Subject: Measuring and working with resilience

Readings:

Cumming G, Barnes G, Perz S, Schmink M, Sieving K, Southworth J, Binford M, Holt R, Stickler C, and Van Holt T. 2005. An Exploratory Framework for the Empirical Measurement of Resilience. Ecosystems 8(8):975-987.

 

Friday Nov 18, 2011

Subject: Confidence and humility; Final project discussions

Readings:

None

***Assignment: Final bibliography for final project due at the beginning of class. Please bring a hard copy and email one to me as well***

 

Environmental Security, Peace, War, and ???

 

Monday Nov 28, 2011

Subject: Politics, Violence, and Environment—an intro

Readings:

Peluso NL, and Watts M. 2001. Violent Environments. In: Peluso NL, and Watts M, editors. Violent Environments. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University. p 3-38.

 

Watts M, and Peet R. 2004. Liberating political ecology. In: Peet R, and Watts M, editors. Liberation Ecologies. London and New York: Routledge. p 3-41.

Wednesday Nov 30, 2011

Subject: Conflict in the American West

Readings:

McCarthy J. 2001. States of Nature and Environmental Enclosures in the American West. In: Peluso NL, and Watts M, editors. Violent Environments. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University. p 117-145.

 

Masco J. 2010. Mutant ecologies: radioactive life in post-Cold War New Mexico. In: Peet R, Robbins P, and Watts M, editors. Global Political Ecology. London and New York: Routledge. p 285-303.

 

Friday Dec 2, 2011

Subject: Rapid appraisals vs. long term engagements; regionalism vs. contextualism

Readings:

TBD

***Assignment: Annotated outline due at the beginning of class. Please bring a hard copy and email one to me as well***

 

Monday Dec 5, 2011

Subject: Imperialism, Neo-colonialism, and conflict

Readings:

Tucker, Richard P. Insatiable Appetite: The United States and the Ecological Degradation of the Tropical World. Concise Revised ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.

 

Dowie, Mark. Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict between Global Conservation and Native Peoples. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, 2009.

 

 

Wednesday Dec 7, 2011

Subject: Local conflicts and international processes

Readings:

Hvalkof S. 2006. Progress of the Victims: Political Ecology in the Peruvian Amazon. In: Biersack A, and Greenberg JB, editors. Reimagining Political Ecology. Durham, NC, USA: Duke University Press. p 196-232.

 

Kinga S. 2010. Sounds of Sokshing: Revisiting the Contested Provisions of the Land Act 2007. Journal of Bhutan Studies Winter: 1-26.

 

Messina JP, Walsh SJ, Mena CF, and Delamater PL. 2006. Land tenure and deforestation patterns in the Ecuadorian Amazon: Conflicts in land conservation in frontier settings. Applied Geography 26(2):113-128.

 

 

Friday Dec 9, 2011

Subject: Activism and Anthropology; what is our role

Readings:

Djordjevic D. 2011. Mentoring and Moral Experience: On Learning How to Live. Harvard Magazine. Cambridge, Ma: Harvard University. p 63-65.

 

Klienman, 1995. Chapter 1

 

***Assignment: optional sixth Friday Field Paper due at the beginning of class. Bring a printed hard copy and email one to me as well***

 

**** Tuesday Dec 13, 2011 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 pm****

Final Examà Final paper presentations

Attendance mandatory

 

 

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