HUM 595B Who Knows What and Why that Matters: Activism, Collaboration and Struggle in the Global South (1 credit, C/NC)
Instructors: Anu Taranath (English/CHID), K.R. Mallesha (Administrative Officer, Environment Support Group, Bangalore, India), and Bhargavi Rao (Trustee, Environment Support Group, Bangalore, India)
Course Meeting Dates and Times: May 14, 9:30 – 11:30 AM, Communications 202 May 16, 9:30 – 11:30 AM, Communications 202 May 21, 9:30 – 11:30 AM, Communications 202 May 23, 9:30 – 11:30 AM, Communications 202
Working for social change most anywhere in the world, and especially in the Global South, necessitates a complex dance between varying and conflicting actors, agents, and agendas. We know there are politics associated with who knows what and how, and this seminar provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the transnational and global forces at play. A progressive NGO that works across sectors for social and environmental justice regionally, Environment Support Group (ESG) has developed international respect and networks for its campaigns that include litigation, research, advocacy, and educational training. By engaging with ESG’s Rao and Mallesha, this seminar foregrounds grassroots struggles in India. We will learn about forests and lakes, urban density and transportation. Using these themes as case-studies, we will better understand the ways that transnational and global forces affect people’s lives, and how the politics of knowledge are embedded in these issues. While one can wax theoretical regarding partnerships, solidarity and activism, this seminar will ground us in real-world life issues and struggles. Our work in this seminar will encourage participants to reflect on the different ways we all know and why that matters, both within and beyond the academy.
Please send a one-two paragraph statement of interest to Anu Taranath (firstname.lastname@example.org) to join.