Darwinism and Capitalism
- two ideas/frames that organize thinking/experience
- simplified to “survival of the fittest” “nature red in tooth and claw” “competition”
- which came first? which idea was used to think the other with?
- Thought processes of how things work (made up of facts, intuitions, experiences )
- we all carry many about (e.g. lets think of examples) they can change BUT
- we fit new information into our existing frameworks
Donna Haraway says:
- It matters what concepts we use to think with.
- “It matters what thoughts think thoughts. It matters what knowledges know knowledge. It matters what relations relate relations. It matters what worlds world worlds. It matters what stories tell stories.” p 35
Staying with the Trouble
- Idea/frame from recent biological that questions Darwinism
- Emphasis on symbiosis (what is this?)
- On co-development, relationship
- What happens if we use these frames to understand/experience and live in the world?
This semester we are going to use Haraway’s alternative framing:
- To think about current state of world
- As an analytic tool for media projects
- do they anticipate/reflect/elucidate Haraway’s frame?
- not an easy read – complicated texts take time and rereading – but even a skim will get you something
- H. committed to not simplify – see frame above, its about connections and tangled webs of life, not simple eat or be eaten ideas
- playful with language and words – asks you sometimes to keep multiple meanings in play
- we will jump about, double back and maybe read the same thing again
- a main aspect of the class will be to see if we have understood her
- notice half the book is footnotes!
Reading 1 Chap 3 p 58 -69 – stop at “Science Art Worldings for Staying with the Trouble and p 86-89 on Never Alone
- key words symbiogenesis, holobionts, response-ability
- difference autopoeisis and sympoeisis?
- what is Haraway saying about models?
- what models does she bring up, models for what?
- don’t worry about Chthulucene
Reading 2: Haraway, (SWTT),Chap 3 p 72 -76 – “Four critical Zones” focus on Black Mesa, and p 89-97 “Navajo Weaving…”
- why is the concept of weaving important to Haraway? (How) does it connect to the question of symbiogenesis?
- what is the concept of hozho? And how is it useful to Haraway?
Reading 3: Haraway, (SWTT),Chap 2 p 44 -57 – “Anthropocene,” “Capitolocene”, “Chthulucene” and Chapter 4 p 100 – 103″Making Kin”
- how does Haraway define these three terms?
- check index for other uses of Chthulucene.
Reading 4: Haraway, (SWTT),Chap 1 p 16 -29 – “California Racing Pigeons,” “Pigeon Blog”, “Reliable Voyageurs”
- what are companion species? oddkin? (check index for other uses)
- how is Haraway using the terms “response-ability” and “becoming with”?
- what conversations and reactions did pigeon blog start and why?
Reading 5: Introduction – focus on p 1-4 AND MacDonald, “The ecocinema experience,” in Ecocinema Theory and Practice, pp 18-20, electronic version available on library course reserve:
Reading 6: Haraway, (SWTT), Chapter 5 p 105 -116 (all)
Reading 7: The Ecofeminism of Mad Max by Sarah Mirk: AND Mad Max Fury Road: A Savage Masterpiece of Eco-feminist Violence by faustusnotes
Reading 8: Haraway, (SWTT) Intro 1-4 AND Chapter 1, 9-16
Reading 9: Haraway, (SWTT), Chapter 2 p 30 – 44
Reading 10: Haraway, (SWTT), Chapter 3 67 – 73, and 76 – 81 “The crocheted coral reef”
Reading 11: Andrew Hageman, “do ecocritics dream of clockwork green,” Ecocinema Theory and Practice, focus on “the case for dialectical ideological critique” p63 – 66 AND “Fiction is Truer than Strange” and “Drawing from the Well,” p 72 – 82
Reading 12: Haraway, (SWTT), Chapter 6 118 – 125