WGS442H1: Toxic Worlds, Decolonial Futures

Hours: 
24S

This course explores the ways environmental violence is an integral practice of settler colonialism that affects human and non-human life, disrupts Indigenous sovereignty, and enacts ongoing racism. A typical way of addressing environmental violence is to document the harm done to bodies and communities. This class asks, how might we also refuse environmental violence and enact better obligations to land/body relations? What kind of decolonial futures can be summoned in the aftermath of environmental violence? Our readings will bring Indigenous feminist approaches together with Black feminist, queer, and feminist environmental justice approaches. Participants will build upon the readings to create their own decolonial environmental justice future projects.

Prerequisite: 

WGS160Y1, one full course at the 300+ level in WGS, and one half course in WGS.

Exclusion: 

WGS463H1 (Advanced Topics in Gender Theory: Toxic Worlds, Decolonial Futures), offered in Winter 2018, Winter 2019 and Winter 2020

Distribution Requirements: 
Humanities
Breadth Requirements: 
Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)