American Studies
American Studies

Cooper Weissman

Doctoral Student



AMS 311S • Beyond The End Of The World

31804 • Fall 2021
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM BUR 436A

In the past century, various perceived and actual ecological catastrophes—from fears of nuclear war and overpopulation to concerns about pollution, species extinction, and “anthropogenic” climate change—have heightened the sense of concern among those in power that the end of the world is imminent, and some have proposed that we are now living in a new geological epoch called the “Anthropocene.” This course examines how transatlantic slavery (and its afterlives), colonialism, and Indigenous genocide have provided the bedrock for the world-ending processes that have taken place since the mid-15th century and which fundamentally shape the ecological crises of our era, and it explores how Black and Indigenous scholars, artists, and activists are drawing on their communities’ radical traditions to work toward the end of this world and the possibility of other, more livable worlds.

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