From 2017-2021 I will be an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and will be focusing on research (and only engaged in a limited amounted of teaching). Below you can find some information on the MOOC that I helped to establish and the courses that I regularly taught at the University of New South Wales (prior to my move to the University of Sydney in 2018).
Environmental Humanities: Remaking Nature (MOOC)
In this MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) you’ll get a broad overview of an emerging area of interdisciplinary research that reframes contemporary environmental challenges using approaches from philosophy, literature, language, history, anthropology, cultural studies and the arts. You’ll see examples of active research in this field, and discover why humanities research is vital to understanding and confronting contemporary environmental challenges, such as climate change and global biodiversity loss.
The course is free. More information and sign up here.
Environment and Society: Introduction to the Environmental Humanities (ARTS1240)
This course introduces students to the cultural and political dimensions of some of the key environmental issues of our day. From climate change and biodiversity loss, to toxic waste and genetically modified organisms, all of these environmental issues are unavoidably entangled with human societies, beliefs and values. Through a range of case studies, the course introduces students to a diverse set of tools and approaches to better understand these ‘human dimensions’ of environmental issues.
Rethinking Wildlife: Philosophy, Biodiversity, Extinction (ARTS2244)
This course explores philosophical and political issues in wildlife conservation from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Key topics include: the future of ‘urban wildlife’; the divide between native and introduced species; the role of gene banking and cloning in conserving and possibly resurrecting endangered species; and, the frequent conflicts between conservation priorities on the one hand and animal welfare or local people’s autonomy and subsistence on the other. Students are required to design their own ethnographic research projects, conducted in small groups, that explore human/wildlife relations in their cultural, ethical and/or political complexity (no prior ethnographic research experience is required).