116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Teaching for the Post-Anthropocene II

Session Chair: 
Bristin Scalzo Jones, University of California, Berkeley
Session 8: Sunday 10 am – 11:30 am
Miller Hall 38


  1. Jonathan Helm, New York University
    As an environmental concept, the Anthropocene is notoriously hard to pin-down, and for this reason it lends itself to learning. 
  2. Jacob Smith, University of Oklahoma
    Grief, past and present, structure the dialogue about the Anthropocene in educational spaces. From grieving ecological destruction to grieving ongoing deaths produced from forced climate migration, to our own grief towards the potentiality of human extinction; our relationship with environmental destruction is constituted via a notion of loss. This paper suggests that educational spaces must begin creating ethical frameworks that both deal with the very real potential we might go extinct and confront that many populations have already been feeling that trauma.
  3. Kristin Kawecki, UC Davis
    In this presentation, I will explore how "wonder" as an affect and philosophy for regarding others is an important method for imparting appreciation for life in its many forms which allows for a non-judgemental space for the strangeness of life in its many entanglements. I will also discuss the importance of touch and feel in this receptive exposure to the "strange" necessary for the teaching of wonder, engendering greater environmentalist sentiments through a "barefoot epistemology".
  4. Ian Ferris, Oregon State University
    In recognizing the need for cultivating ecologically-minded students and the potentials for doing so through an intertwining of ecological care and writing, this presentation locates such a praxis in permaculture design to develop a radically interdisciplinary pedagogy for rhetoric and composition.
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