Syllabus for Humans, Animals and Environments

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Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5GN045
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Gender Research A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2021-08-31
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Arts
  • Applies from: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university
  • Responsible department: Centre for Gender Research

Decisions and guidelines

The Centre for Gender Research is responsible for this course.

Learning outcomes

Following successful completion of the course students will be able to:

- Independently identify, and discuss various theoretical conceptualisations of 'the human', 'animals' and 'environments'.
- Take an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to questions of power in the construction and enactment of categories such as 'human' and 'environment'.
- Discuss the inter-implication of human and non-human in the construction and experience of life.
- Discuss how critical theory can contribute to debates around 'environmental' issues.
- Actively participate in seminar discussions and present written and oral arguments in the independent and critical manner expected at the advanced level.

Content

Addressing how 'the Social' always involves non-humans and how 'the Natural' is inherently social, this course responds to two interrelated challenges; the first is how is the construction and performance of gender inter-implicated with the non-human and second, how can feminist and gender studies informed theories contribute to knowledge about environmental questions. Informed by two overlapping bodies of work, one from gender studies and the other from animal studies, the course material addresses a series of topics such as gender, race, ability and sexuality from a more-than-human theoretical standpoint and then brings these perspectives to bear on a series of contexts such as agriculture, science, pandemics and environmental change.

Instruction

The course is delivered through a obligatory series of lectures and/or seminars.

Assessment

All seminars are part of the examination and include written and oral assignments. In addition students are expected to complete a written paper based on the theme of the course. All essays will undergo a plagiarism check.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Ahuya, Neel “Intimate Atmospheres: Queer Theory in a Time of Extinctions.”

    Part of:

    GLQ : a journal of lesbian and gay studies

    vol. 21 (2015) nr. 2-3

    p. 365-380 (15 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Alaimo, Stacy “Eluding Capture: The Science, Culture, and Pleasure of ‘Queer’ Animals.”

    Part of:

    Sandilands, Catriona; Erickson, Bruce Queer ecologies : sex, nature, politics, desire

    Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, [2010]

    p. 51-68 (17 p.)

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  • Bell, David "Queernaturecultures"

    Part of:

    Sandilands, Catriona; Erickson, Bruce Queer ecologies : sex, nature, politics, desire

    Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, [2010]

    p. 134-143 (9 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Birke, Lynda; Thompsin, Kirilly “Stories of Animal Passports: Tracing Disease, Movements, and Identities.”

    Part of:

    Humanimalia : a journal of human/animal interface studies [Elektronisk resurs]

    2009-

    vol. 5 (2013) nr. 1

    p. 1-20 (20 p.)

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  • Burton, Rob; Peoples, Sue; H. Cooper, Mark "Building 'cowshed cultures': A cultural perspective on the promotion of stockmanship and animal welfare on dairy farms"

    Part of:

    Journal of rural studies

    Oxford: Pergamon, 1985-

    vol. 28 (2012)

    p. 174-187 (13 p.)

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  • Cattelino, Jessica R. “Loving the Native: Invasive Species and the Cultural Politics of Flourishing.”

    Part of:

    Heise, Ursula K.; Christensen, Jon; Niemann, Michelle The Routledge companion to the environmental humanities

    London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017

    p. 129-135 (16 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Chrulew, Matthew “Reversing Extinction: Restoration and Resurrection in the Pleistocene Rewilding Projects.”

    Part of:

    Humanimalia : a journal of human/animal interface studies [Elektronisk resurs]

    2009-

    vol. 2 (2011) nr. 2

    p. 4-20 (16 p.)

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  • Clark, Nigel "Ways to Make a World: From Relational Materiality to Radical Asymmetry"

    Part of:

    Clark, Nigel Inhuman nature [Elektronisk resurs] : sociable life on a dynamic planet

    Los Angeles, [Calif.]: SAGE, 2011

    s. 27-54 (17 s.)

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  • Coates, Peter American perceptions of immigrant and invasive species [Elektronisk resurs] : strangers on the land

    Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007

    p. 1-27 (27 p.)

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  • Colebrook, Claire “Difference, Time and Organic Extinction.”

    Part of:

    Sex After Life : Essays on Extinction, Vol. 2 [Elektronisk resurs]

    Open Humanities Press, 2014

    p. 126-136 (10 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Cudworth, Erika "Beyond Speciesism: Intersectionality, Critical Sociology and the Human Domination of Other Animals."

    Part of:

    Taylor, Nik; Twine, Richard The rise of critical animal studies : from the margins to the centre

    London: Routledge, 2014

    p. 19-32 (13 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Davis, Heather “Toxic Progeny: The Plastisphere and Other Queer Futures.”

    Part of:

    philoSOPHIA [Elektronisk resurs]

    2011-

    vol. 5 (2015) nr. 2

    p. 231-250 (19 p.)

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  • Deleuze, Gilles; Guattari, Felix "Becoming-Intense, Becoming-Animal, Becoming-Imperceptible"

    Part of:

    Deleuze, Gilles; Guattari, Felix A thousand plateaus : capitalism and schizophrenia

    London: Continuum, 2002

    p. 232-309 (77 p.)

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  • Derrida, Jacques "The Animal That Therefore I am (More to follow)"

    Part of:

    Critical inquiry.

    vol. 28 (2002)

    p. 369-418 (49 p.)

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  • Di Chiro, Giovanna “Polluted Politics? Confronting Toxic Discourse, Sex Panic, and Eco-Normativity.”

    Part of:

    Sandilands, Catriona; Erickson, Bruce Queer ecologies : sex, nature, politics, desire

    Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, [2010]

    p. 190-224 (34 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Fritz-Henry, Erin "Multiple Temporalities and the Nonhuman Other"

    Part of:

    Environmental Humanities

    University of New South Wales,

    vol. 9 (2017) nr. 1

    p. 1-16 (16 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Garlick, Ben; Symons, Kate “Geographies of Extinction: Exploring the Spatiotemporal Relations of Species Death.”

    Part of:

    Environmental Humanities

    University of New South Wales,

    vol. 12 (2020) nr. 1

    p. 296-316 (20 p.)

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  • Geroux, Robert “Introduction to the Special Issue: Decolonizing Animal Studies.”

    Part of:

    Humanimalia : a journal of human/animal interface studies [Elektronisk resurs]

    2009-

    vol. 10 (2019) nr. 2

    p. 1-6 (6 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Govindrajan, Radhika The goat herself has changed: Hindu nationalism, cow protection, and bovine materiality"

    Part of:

    Govindrajan, Radhika Animal intimacies : interspecies relatedness in India's Central Himalayas [Elektronisk resurs]

    2018

    p. 62-89 (27 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Grebowicz, Margaret “When Species Meat: Confronting Bestiality Pornography.”

    Part of:

    Humanimalia : a journal of human/animal interface studies [Elektronisk resurs]

    2009-

    vol. 1 (2010) nr. 2

    p. 1-14 (14 p.)

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  • Gundermann, Christian “Equine/Human Lyme Embodiments: Towards a Feminist Ecology of Entangled Becomings.”

    Part of:

    Humanimalia : a journal of human/animal interface studies [Elektronisk resurs]

    2009-

    vol. 10 (2019) nr. 2

    . 150-172 (22 p.)

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  • Haraway, Donna Jeanne The companion species manifesto : dogs, people and significant otherness

    Chicago: Prickly Paradigm, cop. 2003

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  • Haraway, Donna Jeanne When species meet

    Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, cop. 2008

    p. 3-42 (39 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Haraway, Donna “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantationocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin.”

    Part of:

    Environmental Humanities

    University of New South Wales,

    vol. 6 (2015)

    p. 159-165 (6 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Hartigan, John "Knowing Animals: Multispecies Ethnography and the Scope of Anthropology"

    Part of:

    American anthropologist

    vol. 0 (2021) nr. 0

    p. 1-15 (15 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Hartigan, John "Racial thinking Transgenics versus Razas"

    Part of:

    Hartigan Jr., John Care of the Species: Races of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity [Elektronisk resurs]

    University of Minnesota Press, 2017

    p. 53-85 (32 p.)

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  • Hayward, Eva "Lessons from a Starfish"

    Part of:

    Giffney, Noreen; Hird, Myra J. Queering the non/human

    Aldershot, Hampshire, England: Ashgate, cop. 2008

    p. 249-262 (13 p.)

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  • Hayward, Eva; Weinstein, Jami “Introduction: Tranimalities in the Age of Trans* Life”

    Part of:

    Transgender Studies Quarterly

    Middle Eastern Studies Journal (MESJ),

    vol. 2 (2015) nr. 2

    p. 195-206 (11 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Hird, Myra "Animal Transex"

    Part of:

    Australian feminist studies

    Adelaide: Research Centre for Women's Studies, University of Adelaide, 1985-

    vol. 21 (2006) nr. 49

    p. 35-45 (10 p.)

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  • Hird, Myra J. The origins of sociable life : evolution after science studies

    Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, c2009.

    p. 54-57, 103-115 (21 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Hunt, Alastair; Niemann, Michelle "Just animals"

    Part of:

    The South Atlantic quarterly

    Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press,

    vol. 115 (2016) nr. 2

    p. 231-244 (13 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Ingold, Tim The perception of the environment : essays on livelihood, dwelling and skill

    London: Routledge, 2000

    p. 172-189 (17 p.)

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  • Irni, Kuura “Queering Multispecies Bonding: Reading Donna Haraway’s Dog Stories as Queer Feminism.”

    Part of:

    Humanimalia : a journal of human/animal interface studies [Elektronisk resurs]

    2009-

    vol. 12 (2020) nr. 1

    p. 188-200 (12 p.)

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  • Jaquette Ray,, Sarah “Introduction: The Ecological Other.”

    Part of:

    Ray, Sarah Jaquette. The ecological other : environmental exclusion in American culture

    Tucson: University of Arizona Press, c2013.

    p. 1-30 (30 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • John Hartigan, "How to interview a plant: Ethnography of life forms"

    Part of:

    Hartigan Jr., John Care of the Species: Races of Corn and the Science of Plant Biodiversity [Elektronisk resurs]

    University of Minnesota Press, 2017

    p. 253-281 (28 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • John, Kelsey Dale “Animal Colonialism—Illustrating Intersections between Animal Studies and Settler Colonial Studies through Diné Horsemanship.”

    Part of:

    Humanimalia : a journal of human/animal interface studies [Elektronisk resurs]

    2009-

    vol. 10 (2019) nr. 2

    p. 42-63 (21 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Jones, Owain; Rigby, Kate; Williams, Linda “Everyday Ecocide, Toxic Dwelling, and the Inability to Mourn: A Response to Geographies of Extinction.”

    Part of:

    Environmental Humanities

    University of New South Wales,

    vol. 12 (2020) nr. 1

    p. 388-403 (15 p.)

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  • Kramer, Peter; Bressan, Paola “Humans as Superorganisms: How Microbes, Viruses, Imprinted Genes, and Other Selfish Entities Shape Our Behavior.”

    Part of:

    Perspectives on psychological science [Elektronisk resurs] : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

    Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Pub., c2006-

    vol. 10 (2015) nr. 4

    p. 464-481 (17 p.)

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  • Lowe, Cecilia; Munster, Ursula “The Viral Creep: Elephants and Herpes in Times of Extinction.”

    Part of:

    Environmental Humanities

    University of New South Wales,

    vol. 8 (2016) nr. 1

    p. 118-139 (21 p.)

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  • Lönngren, Ann-Sofie “‘That’s When He Comes Rushing into Her Life.’ Swedish Literary Depictions of Human-Animal Sexual Contact at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century.”

    Part of:

    Humanimalia : a journal of human/animal interface studies [Elektronisk resurs]

    2009-

    vol. 12 (2020) nr. 1

    p. 167-180 (13 p.)

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  • Meijer, Eva “The Melancholic Animal — On Depression and Animality.”

    Part of:

    Humanimalia : a journal of human/animal interface studies [Elektronisk resurs]

    2009-

    vol. 11 (2019) nr. 1

    p. 109-21 (11 p.)

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  • Nimmo, Richard Enfolding the BioSocial Collective: Ontological Politics in the Evolution of Social Insects"

    Part of:

    Humanimalia : a journal of human/animal interface studies [Elektronisk resurs]

    2009-

    vol. 9 (2018) nr. 2

    p. 28-43 (15 p.)

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  • Ogden, Laura “The Beaver Diaspora: A Thought Experiment.”

    Part of:

    Environmental Humanities

    University of New South Wales,

    vol. 10 (2018) nr. 1

    p. 63-80 (17 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Oksanen, Markku; Vuorisalo, Timo “De-Extinct Species as Wildlife.”

    Part of:

    Trace (Turku) [Elektronisk resurs]

    2015-

    vol. 3 (2017)

    p. 5-23 (18 p.)

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    Mandatory

  • Petitt, Andrea; Hovorka, Alice J. Women and Cattle “Becoming-With” in Botswana [Elektronisk resurs]

    2020

    http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-419857

    p. 145-166 (12 p.)

    12:1, 145-166

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  • Picard, Martin; Sandi, Carmen "The Social Nature of Mitochondria: Implications for Human Health"

    Part of:

    Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews [Elektronisk resurs]

    Fayetteville, N.Y.: ANKHO International, 1978-

    vol. 120 (2021)

    p. 595-610 (15 p.)

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  • Porter, Natalie “Risky Zoographies: The Limits of Place in Avian Flu Management.”

    Part of:

    Environmental Humanities

    University of New South Wales,

    vol. 1 (2012)

    p. 103-121 (18 p.)

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  • Powys Whyte, Kyle “Our Ancestors’ Dystopia Now: Indigenous Conservation and the Anthropocene.”

    Part of:

    Heise, Ursula K.; Christensen, Jon; Niemann, Michelle The Routledge companion to the environmental humanities

    London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017

    s. 206-213 (7 s.)

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  • Reis-Castro, Luisa “Becoming Without: Making Transgenic Mosquitoes and Disease Control in Brazil.”

    Part of:

    Environmental Humanities

    University of New South Wales,

    vol. 13 (2021) nr. 2

    p. 323-341 (18 p.)

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  • Sandilands, Catriona "Some 'F' Words for the Environmental Humanities: Feralitites, Feminism, Futurities"

    Part of:

    Heise, Ursula K.; Christensen, Jon; Niemann, Michelle The Routledge companion to the environmental humanities

    London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017

    p. 443-450 (p. 9)

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  • Segerdahl, Pär "Can natural behaviour be cultivated? The farm as local human/animal culture"

    Part of:

    Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics [Elektronisk resurs]

    1991-

    vol. 20 (2007)

    p. 167-193 (26 p.)

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  • Shukin, Nicole “Biomobility: Calculating Kinship in an Era of Pandemic Speculation.”

    Part of:

    Shukin, Nicole Animal Capital [Elektronisk resurs]

    2009

    p. 181-223 (42 p.)

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  • Straube, Wibke “Toxic Bodies: Ticks, Trans Bodies, and the Ethics of Response-Ability in Art and Activist Writing.”

    Part of:

    Environmental Humanities

    University of New South Wales,

    vol. 11 (2019) nr. 1

    p. 216-235 (19 p.)

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  • Sturgeon, Nöel “Penguin Family Values: The Nature of Planetary Environmental Reproductive Justice.”

    Part of:

    Sandilands, Catriona; Erickson, Bruce Queer ecologies : sex, nature, politics, desire

    Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, [2010]

    p. 103-128 (25 p.)

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  • Tsing, Anna "Unruly Edges: Mushrooms as Companion Species"

    Part of:

    Environmental Humanities

    University of New South Wales,

    vol. 1 (2012)

    p. 141-154 (13 p.)

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  • van Dooren, Thom; Eben Kirksey, Ursula Münster "Multispecies Studies: Cultivating Arts of Attentiveness"

    Part of:

    Environmental Humanities

    University of New South Wales,

    vol. 8 (2016) nr. 1

    p. 1-17 (17 p.)

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  • Wetzel, Jennifer "Turning Over a New Leaf: Fanonian Humanism and Environmental Justice.”

    Part of:

    Heise, Ursula K.; Christensen, Jon; Niemann, Michelle The Routledge companion to the environmental humanities

    London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017

    p. 165-172 (7 p.)

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  • Wolfe, Cary "Introduction"

    Part of:

    Wolfe, Cary Animal rites : American culture, the discourse of species, and posthumanist theory

    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003

    p. 1-17 (17 p.)

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  • Yusoff, Kathryn “Geology, Race, Matter.”

    Part of:

    Yusoff, Kathryn A billion black anthropocenes or none

    Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, [2018]

    p. 1-14 (14 p.)

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  • Zahara, Alexander R.D; Hird, Myra "Raven, Dog, Human: Inhuman Colonialism and Unsettling Cosmologies"

    Part of:

    Environmental Humanities

    University of New South Wales,

    vol. 7 (2015)

    p. 169-190 (21 p.)

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  • “Climate Change, Vulnerability, and Responsibility.”

    Part of:

    Hypatia

    Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press,

    vol. 26 (2011) nr. 4

    s. 690-710 (20 s.)

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