Indigenous Ecologies

This class introduces indigenous approaches to nature, technology, and environmental justice through both popular media and critical texts. Anime and manga stories and characters offer an accessible approach to complex ideas like animism, nonhuman people, technological relations, and global ecological devastation. This course puts anime in conversation with readings from indigenous studies, sociocultural anthropology, and environmental humanities, and feminist science and technology studies, in order to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of what we mean by "ecology".

Duskin Drum:

At the School of Advanced Studies, duskin drum is a founding professor and researcher in the Material Relations research group. He is an interdisciplinary scholar, artist, performer, and woodsman. In 2017, he completed a doctorate in Performance Studies with designated emphases in Native American Studies, and Science and Technology Studies at University of California, Davis. In 2005, he earned a Bachelors of Arts studying interdisciplinary theatre and performance at Evergreen State College . For 15 years, duskin has been making art and performance in Asia, Europe and the Americas.