My teaching is mostly based within the cultural studies and gender studies undergraduate majors at the University of Sydney. Below are details on the two main units that I run each year. In addition, I often teach graduate student workshops at Sydney and other universities around the world. Below you will also find some information on the MOOC that I helped to establish at the University of New South Wales (prior to my move to the University of Sydney in 2018).
Nature, Culture, Power (GCST3638)
Understanding our place in a changing environment is a 21st century priority. This unit uses feminist, decolonising, and multispecies, frameworks to investigate how environmental problems are shaped by intersecting factors of gender, race, sexuality, ability, economic status, and colonialisms. Drawing on examples such as climate change, toxic contamination, resource extraction, and biodiversity loss, this unit examines the material and conceptual links between human and non-human natures, and cultural, political, economic and social forces.
Animal/Human Cultures (GCST2603)
This unit explores diverse sites of human/animal encounter: from the factory farm to the laboratory, from our intimate relations with pets to efforts to eradicate undesirable ‘pests’. It interrogates changing ideas in the sciences, popular culture, and cultural theory about animal life – their intelligence, sociality, reproduction, and more – as well as our relationships with animals and our ethical obligations to them. At stake here is not only how we treat other species, but also how our own human lives and possibilities – including our understandings of race, gender, and more – are shaped by shifting notions of ‘the animal’.
Environmental Humanities: Remaking Nature (MOOC)
In this MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) you’ll get a broad overview of an emerging area of interdisciplinary research that reframes contemporary environmental challenges using approaches from philosophy, literature, language, history, anthropology, cultural studies and the arts. You’ll see examples of active research in this field, and discover why humanities research is vital to understanding and confronting contemporary environmental challenges, such as climate change and global biodiversity loss.
The course is free. More information and sign up here.