Land Lab

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Non-Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Land Lab
Fall 2023
Taught By: Joseph Heathcott
Section: A

CRN: 14531

Credits: 3

Land constitutes one of the driving forces of our multilayered and entangled histories. It sustains our lives, roots us to place, and shapes our ongoing relations with the material and natural world. At the same time, land is an ideological proposition, a product of human spatial imaginaries. As such, its occupation, distribution, and use are subject to wide ranging negotiation and conflict over time. We fight wars for land, build empires for land, even dream of making new land in aqueous and alien worlds. It is simultaneously one of the most ubiquitous aspects of our common heritage, and one of the most divisive features of the modern world. This course examines land through inquiry-driven projects focused on actual sites, places, and terrain. To build our framework, we consider land in a global and comparative context, across a wide range of ideologies, registers, and uses. We review various theoretical approaches that will help us think about land, including Marxism, Feminism, Post-Colonialism, Blues Epistemology, Deep Ecology, Post-Humanism, Indigenous perspectives, Critical Cartography, and the Spatial Turn. And we look at land in a wide range of conditions, from high value, spectacular, and intensively built up to ordinary, mundane, toxic, haunted, and wild. The goal is to produce new knowledge and understanding through the investigation of land in the context of racial capitalism and environmental injustice, and to imagine alternatives for the future.

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:54pm EDT 3/24/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: 66 5th Ave
Room: 716
Date Range: 8/30/2023 - 12/6/2023