Educating for the Anthropocene: Schooling and Activism in the Face of Slow Violence




The Radical Anthropology talk on Tues May 9 is LIVE @UCLAnthropology and on ZOOM with Peter Sutoris of York University.

Education has never played as critical a role in determining humanity’s future as it does in the Anthropocene, an era marked by humankind’s unprecedented control over the natural environment. Drawing on a multisited ethnographic project among schools and activist groups in India and South Africa, Peter Sutoris explores education practices in the context of impoverished, marginal communities where environmental crises intersect with colonial and racist histories and unsustainable practices. He exposes the depoliticizing effects of schooling and examines cross-generational knowledge transfer within and beyond formal education. Finally, he calls for the bridging of schooling and environmental activism, to find answers to the global environmental crisis.

Peter Sutoris is an environmental anthropologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of York. He is the author of books Visions of Development (OUP, 2016) and Educating for the Anthropocene (MIT Press, 2022).

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