Amazonia, The Last Frontier: On Colonization and Decolonization (SA)

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LAS 329 / ENV 390 / ANT 329
Spring 2022
Guilherme Moura Fagundes
Miqueias H. Mugge
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Amazonia is a vital nexus for planetary survival. This course focuses on the world's largest tropical forest and the ancestral home of over one million indigenous peoples, now threatened by deforestation and megafires. Further degradation will have disastrous consequences for its peoples, biodiversity, rainfall and agriculture, and global climate change. Combining perspectives from the social sciences and the humanities, we will critically examine projects to colonize, develop, and conserve the Amazon over time and reflect on the agency of indigenous peoples, maroon and riverbank communities and their creative modes of existence.