In dwelling on extinction, this subject joins van Dooren and Rose in their insistence that “in our time of anthropogenic mass extinction, dwelling with extinction—taking it seriously, not rushing to overcome it—may actually be the more important political and ethical work. The reality is that there is no avoiding the necessity of the difficult cultural work of reflection and mourning. Students will engage with how cultural texts (such as literature, film, art) grapple with the ethical and political questions raised by extinction in the Anthropocene. Students will also follow the lives of particular extinct or endangered animals and their remains in museums (where possible) or through the visual and textual archive of their loss. By reconnecting these cultural texts and animal remains with the racial, environmental and popular discourses that continue to organise human action, this subject will reach out to new sites arising from our extended archive including Indigenous knowledges and oft-ignored more-than-human entanglements. In this way the subject offers an understanding of the Anthropocene as being caught up with colonisation and its ongoing productions. In working with what remains, the understanding of how extinction actually occurs and why it continues is extended.
- Kursleiter:in: Dr. Katrina Schlunke