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Lisa Brooks (Section 01)
How do we know the places we live? How do we participate in their making? How do we come to know places that are unfamiliar, or new to us? How do our languages, cultural frameworks, and embodied experiences, including race, gender, and sexuality, shape how we perceive place? In this seminar, we will think and write deliberatively about the process of making place, both the places we come from, and most important, the place we currently inhabit. Grounded in Indigenous language and land, we will consider the deep histories, oral traditions, and continuing adaptation of the Kwenitekw (Connecticut River) Valley and the place of Amherst College within this space. We will begin with the idea that place is not static or permanent, but rather dynamic and changing. Making place is an activity and we will get out on the land to observe and participate in those processes. We will spend most of our class time outside, turning our attention to the many other-than-human beings that are constantly making place in the environment we depend upon. At the same time, we will also spend time in the built environment and archives of Amherst College, considering how students have challenged, changed and transformed the social, political, and educational space of our campus.
Fall semester. Professor Brooks.