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CONFLICT SHORELINES AMAZONIA: A Botanical Archaeology of Genocide
  

Fall 2015
Professors Eduardo L. Cadava, Paulo Tavares, and Eyal Weizman
Seminar: W: 7:00PM – 9:50PM, and Lab: TH: 1:30PM – 4:20PM

WEEK 01: 16-17 September
FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE: CONFLICT SHORELINES

Seminar – Introduction: Forensis
Reading:
Eyal Weizman, “Forensis”

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Studio – Conflict Shorelines
Reading:
Eyal Weizman and Fazal Sheikh, The Conflict Shoreline: Colonialism as Climate Change

Case presentation & discussion: The Negev Desert (Eyal Weizman)

WEEK 02: 23-24 September
FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE: THE BOTANICAL ARCHAEOLOGY OF GENOCIDE

Seminar – The Botanical Archaeology of Genocide
Reading:
Greg Grandin, Who is Rigoberta Menchú? (“A Victory Described in Detail;” “Clarifying History,” and “Judging Genocide”)
Eyal Weizman and Paulo Tavares, “The Earth Scorched,” in: Forensis
Paulo Tavares, “The Geological Imperative,” in: Etienne Turpin, Architecture in the Anthropocene

Case presentation & discussion: from the forests of Mesoamerica to Amazonia (Paulo Tavares)

Studio – The ‘arc of fire’ territory in Amazonia: in the colonial frontiers of climate change
Presentation & discussion of studio research project.

WEEK 03: 30-01 September
IN THE FRONTIERS OF CLIMATE CHANGE 01: ECOLOGICAL COLONIALISM

Seminar – Ecological Colonialism
Reading:
Dipesh Chakrabarty, “The Climate of History: Four Theses”
Richard Gove, “Climate, conservation and Carib resistance;” “The colonial state and the origins of western environmentalism,” in: Green Imperialism
Mike Davis, “The Origins of the Third World,” in: Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World (complementary: chapter 10, “Race and Capital in the Nordeste”).

Studio – Archives, Images and Memories of the (modern-colonial) frontier
Presentation of archive resources for the studio project: from the Figueiredo Report (1967) to the Brazilian Truth Commission (2012); from the archive of the Service for the Protection of the Indians (SPI) to the militant visual anthropology of the 1970s.
Reading:
Seth Garfield, “State Efforts to Remake the Xavante (1964-1961);” “New Horizons for Indigenous Policy under Early Military Rule (1964-1973),” in: Indigenous Struggles at the Heart of Brazil
Figueiredo Report: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/29/brazil-figueiredo-genocide-report
Screening:
SPI Archive; Timothy Asch and Napoleon Chagnon, The Yanomamo Series: the Ax Fight; Jesco von Puttkamer, Arara (1973); Andrea Tonacci, Serras da Desordem (2006).

WEEK 04: 07-08 October
IN THE FRONTIERS OF CLIMATE CHANGE 02: THE ANTHROPOCENE/CAPITALOCENE CONDITION

Seminar – Geo-politics after climate change
Reading:
Will Steffen, Paul J. Crutzen and John R. McNeill, “The Anthropocene: Are Humans Now Overwhelming the Great Forces of Nature?”
Donna Haraway, “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Plantionocene, Chthulucene: Making Kin.”
Donna Haraway, “Anthropocene, Capitalocene: Staying with the Trouble” (https://vimeo.com/97663518)
Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (excerpt)

Studio – Geo-forest: Amazonia, climate change and the Earth System
Reading:
Paulo Artaxo et al, “The Amazon Basin in Transition”
Screening:
BBC, The Flooded Forest (1990)
http://datab.us/Search/BBC%2BAmazon%2BThe%2BFlooded%2BForest%2BPlayListIDPLC461E210129AB11B
Adrian Cowell, The Decade of Destruction (1990)
http://www.adriancowellfilms.com/#/the-decade-of-destruction/4574347428

WEEK 05: 14-15 October
ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLENCE

Seminar –– The Violence of Climate Change
Reading:
Rob Nixon, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (introduction)
Nancy Lee Peluso and Michael Watts, “Violent Environments;” and Michael Watts, “Petro Violence,” in: Violent Environments
Christian Parenti, “War for a Small Planet,” in: Tropics of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (complementary chapter: “Drugs, Drought and Jihad: environmental history of the Afghanistan War”).
See also the report: Center for Climate Security, The Arab Spring and Climate Change

Studio – Mapping Violence / Student Project Presentation 01
Presentation of research proposals.
Case presentation & discussion: Gaza: Black Friday (Eyal Weizman)
Reference: https://blackfriday.amnesty.org/

WEEK 06: 21-22 October
VIEWING HUMAN RIGHTS 01: FIELDS AND FORUMS

Seminar – Fields and Forums
Reading:
Bruno Latour, “From Realpolitik to Dingpolitik, or How to Make Things Public,” in: Making things public
Laura Kurgan, Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics (introduction)
Hal Foster, “The Artist as Ethnographer,” in: The Return of the Real
Okwui Enwezor, “Documentary/Vérité: Bio-Politics, Human Rights and the Figure of “Truth” in Contemporary Art”
(Complementary reading: Walter Benjamin, “The Author as Producer”)

Studio – Witnessing, Reporting, Narrating
Focus in contemporary conflicts in case-study area: Maraiwatsédé, Xavante Land.
Reading:
NGO Global Witness, Deadly Environment
(Complementary: Yates McKee, “Eyes and Ears,” in: Nongovernmental Politics)
Screening:
Pamela Yates, Granito (2011)

WEEK 07: 28-29 October
ENCOUNTERING AMAZONIA 01

Seminar – Encountering Amazonia
Reading:
Claude Levi-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques
Claude Levi-Strauss, Saudades do Brasil
Claude Levi-Strauss, Auprès de l’Amazonie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I65FvqeKq0I
Claudia Andujar, Yanomami, La danse des images

Studio – Images of Disappearance
Presentation of projects: Claudia Andujar, Marcados; Project/Reading about the image of the disappeared in Latin America’s dirty wars? (Eduardo Cadava).
Screening:
Paulo Tavares, The missing cities (archive interviews)

FALL BREAK: FIELD TRIP TO AMAZONIA
29 October – 07 November

30-31: Seminar in Rio de Janeiro
Readings
Michael Heckenberger, The Ecology of Power (excerpt)
Eduardo Neves, Sob os tempos do Equinócio (conclusion)

01-07: Field

WEEK 08: 11-12 November
VIEWING HUMAN RIGHTS 02: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPOSITIF

Seminar – The Photographic Dispositif
Reading:
Ariella Azoulay, The Civil Contract of Photography (“Citizens of Disaster,” “The Civil Contract of Photography”)
Sharon Silwinski, Human Rights in Camera
Eduardo Cadava, “Trees, Stars, Hands, and Veils: The Portrait in Ruins,” in Fazal Sheikh: Portraits

Studio – Student Project Presentation 02 (Field Trip Report)
Project presentations for guest critic Territorial Agency, Adrian Lahoud, Susan Schuppli, Name from Princeton.

WEEK 09: 18-19 November
FRONTIERS

Seminar – Frontiers
Reading:
Walter Benjamin, “Critique of violence”
Achile Mbembe, “Necropolitics”
Jaques Derrida, “The Force of Law”

Studio – Project Development

WEEK 10: 25-26 November
THE POLITICS OF LACK & DEVELOPMENT

Seminar – “First create need, then help”
Reading:
Arturo Escobar, “The problematization of poverty,” in: Encountering Development
Mariane Gronemeyer, “Helping,” in Wolfgang Sachs (ed), The Development Dictionary
Mark Duffield, “The Emergence of Contingent Sovereignty,” in: Development, Security and Unending War

Studio – Project Development

WEEK 11: 02-03 December
ENCOUNTERING AMAZONIA 02:

Seminar – Against the State (De-colonizing Nature)
Reading:
Pierre Clastres, “Against the State,” in: Archaeology of Violence
Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Cannibal Metaphysics (excerpt)
Eduardo Kohn, How forests Think (introduction)
David Kopenawa, The Falling Sky (excerpt)

Studio – Project Development

WEEK 12: 09-10 December
POLITICAL FORESTS

Seminar – Political Forests
Reading:
Peter Linebaugh, “Introduction” and “Two Charts” in: Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All
Anna Tsing, “Introduction,” “Frontiers of Capitalism” Friction (introduction and coda)
Marisol de la Cadena, Uncommoning Nature (http://supercommunity.e-flux.com/authors/marisol-de-la-cadena/)
Forest Peoples Manifesto (1989)

Reading/Screening:
Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, Forest Law

Studio – Pre-Final Presentations
Project presentations with guests Names from Princeton.

Forensis
The Conflict Shoreline

 
Who is Rigoberta Menchú?
Forensis: Earth Scorched
Geological Imperative

 
The Climate of History
Green Imperialism
Late Victorian Holocausts

 
Indigenous_Struggles

 
The Anthropocene
Anthropocene-Capitalocene-Plantationocene-Chthulucene
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs.the Climate

 
The Amazon Basin in Transition

 
Slow Violence
Violent Environments
Tropic of Chaos
The Arab Spring and Climate Change

 
How to Make Things Public
Close up at a Distance
Documentary/Verité
The Artist as Ethnographer?
The Author as Producer
Eyes and Ears

 
Claude Levi-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques
Claude Levi-Strauss, Saudades do Brasil
Claude Levi-Strauss, Auprès de l’Amazonie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I65FvqeKq0I
Claudia Andujar, Yanomami, La danse des images

 
Ariella Azoulay, The Civil Contract of Photography (“Citizens of Disaster,” “The Civil Contract of Photography”)
Sharon Silwinski, Human Rights in Camera
Eduardo Cadava, “Trees, Stars, Hands, and Veils: The Portrait in Ruins,” in Fazal Sheikh: Portraits

 
Critique of Violence
Necropolitics
Force of Law

 
The Problematization of Poverty
Helping
The Emergence of Contingent Sovereignty

 
Society Against the State
How Forests Think
Cannibal Metaphysics
The Falling Sky

 
Friction
The Magna Carta Manifesto
Uncommoning Nature

 
TEXTS – SEMINAR RIO DE JANEIRO
The Amazon and the Anthropocene

Amazonian Archaeology

PreColumbianUrbanism

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