15 Jan. Future Effects.

Featured Image: Dustbowl Phenomena documented in Ken Burns, The Dust Bowl (2014)

Housekeeping

  • 1. I will publish your presentation dates tomorrow. I just wanted to wait till after add, drop, swap
  • 2. I swapped out one chapter from Rob Nixon’s book Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor for another. The reading questions are up and .pdf is in Canvas.

Reflection on First Week Video

Take 6-7 minutes and respond to the prompts below in a Word or Google Doc. Since you will be required to include reflections in your Final Portfolio, please file this reflection with your other process documents.
  • 1. Explain one way your First Week Video met one Course Goal/Concept.
  • 2. Given the opportunity to revise, what is one thing you would change in the Video and why?
  • 3. In what ways would you like to improve your video editing skills?

Blog Post and WordPress Post Basics

Please click on your class Blog feed at the top of the course site and then follow along:
  • 1. The software should prompt you to sign-up with you net ID and password and automatically add you as a contributor
  • 2. How to post
  • 3. First Blog post prompt, Theoretical Analysis

Textual Analysis

Let’s get into groups and answer the following questions about Scott Davies, “Sustainable Nostalgia.” Be prepared to cite and interpret textual evidence in response to your question during class discussion.
  • Group 1: What does “sustainability” mean according to Davies? What are some of its complexities, or rather what accounts for the term’s “political attractiveness” (262)?
  • Group 2: How does the Brundtland report (i.e. Our Common Future) define sustainability? Why do you think that definition has been so influential (263)?
  • Group 3: According to Davies, why have some members of the environmental movement called for the term “sustainability” to be recalled or replaced? Why does Davies disagree with such a call (264)?
  • Group 4: What does Davies mean when he says that the dream of sustainability synonymous with a nostalgia for the future (264)? Does this weird idea fix some of the problems with sustainability as a concept/practice?

Video Essay, Prewrite

  • Make a list of a TV shows, movies, and/or video games in which the concept of the future mediates social, ecological, and technological transformation.

Davies, “Sustainable Nostalgia” (262-268)

Featured Image: Arches National Park

Directions

Keep the following questions in mind as you read Davies, “Sustainable Nostalgia” (262-268). The questions are designed to guide your reading practices and our class discussions. You are not required to provide formal answers in class or online.

What is “sustainability”?

How has the term “sustainability” transformed since the 1970’s?

What does “sustainability” mean according to Davies?

What are some of its complexities, or rather what accounts for the term’s “political attractiveness” (262)?

What does he mean by “category error” (262)?

How does the Brundtland report define sustainability? Why do you think that definition has been so influential? What sorts of divisions does that definition imply between, for instance, present and future generations?

What does Davies mean when he says that sustainability, “subordinates change to itself” (263)? What does it mean that sustainability, “saturates the future with the present” (263)?

What are some problems with sustainability OR what are some results of the ways that sustainability produces temporalities?

How does sustainability respond to the threat of apocalypse?

Why have some members of the environmental movement called for the term “sustainability” to be recalled or replaced? Why does Davies disagree with such a call? Or, what “ethical advantages” does Davies see in living with sustainability as a goal?

Why is the quest for sustainability a kind-of “memory work”?

What does Davies mean when he says that the dream of sustainability synonymous with a nostalgia for the future?

How/why does sustainability posit our present as satisfactory and also a satisfactory point of origin?

What does he mean when he says, “For now, though, we in the present must look to the future, because it is in the future that the present will be inhabited as our home” (264)?

According to Davies, why must ecocriticism not “keep nostalgia at a safe distance” (265)? OR, “The question is not ‘how can ecological writing exploit nostalgia?’ but ‘how must ecotheory reflect upon and negotiate its own ineliminable, motivating desire for the coincidence of self and  dwelling place’” (264)?