CMSS21

Economic Ecologies: Anthropology, Digital Humanities, and Climate Change in the North Atlantic

Subject code

CMS

Course Number

S21

Course Long Title

Economic Ecologies: Anthropology, Digital Humanities, and Climate Change in the North Atlantic

Description

This course provides a multidisciplinary introduction to the north of Iceland as a unique site to explore culture and nature from the medieval era to the present. Students examine local knowledges and folklore to better understand the rapidly changing climate. They investigate how locals work with global scholars to document and better understand humans’ relationship to the natural world, using interdisciplinary tools from climate and social sciences, medieval and premodern studies, and digital media studies. Students apply what they learn by documenting the cultural and economic ecologies around them at Bates and in Maine through ethnographic and digital humanities methods. Recommended background: prior coursework in anthropology and/or environmental studies.