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Fall 2015-2016
LAS 505 / ENG 506 / ARC 540 / HUM 505 / URB 505   na, npdf

Conflict Shorelines I / Amazonia: A Botanical Archaeology of Genocide

Eduardo L. Cadava
Paulo R. Carvalho Tavares
Eyal Weizman


This course explores the relations among colonial history, contemporary conflicts, and climate change by examining the political, legal, epistemic, and aesthetic challenges this kind of violence initiates. Reading colonial and urban histories against meteorological and climate data, we use environmental modes of detection and imaging in order to reveal tropical forests to be archaeological resources in which patterns of human intervention and violence can be read. The Amazon is not only an ecological threshold, but also a political one, and it continues to bear the traces of the deadliest land conflicts in Brazil.

Sample reading list:
Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts
Greg Grandin, Fordlandia
Rob Nixon, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor
Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, Forest Law / Selva Juridica
Eyal Weizman, Forensis
See instructor for complete list

Lab Reports - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
Combining an architecture studio with an experimental humanities lab and using a combination of archival resources, colonial era literature, field research and remote sensing mapping technologies, we will travel to the Amazon during the fall break to conduct onsite investigations and to devise novel "testimonial strategies" to corroborate and expand the investigations of the Brazilian Truth Commission.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23095 S01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm W   Architecture Building   N107   Enrolled:13 Limit:12 Closed
23094 B01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed