Writing Justice: Teaching Environmental Politics through Experimental Writing (Tanya Matthan)


How can writing facilitate student understandings of and action around environmental in/justice? Joining conversations on radical pedagogies, this paper reflects on modes of teaching environmental politics through the written form. Drawing on the experience of teaching a seminar on water to undergraduates, I outline how instructors might deploy creative writing tools and genres to expand imaginations and instantiations of environmental justice. From diary keeping to speculative story-telling and collaborative manifestos for water justice, introducing students to diverse genres of writing and the stakes thereof.  In this talk, I will discuss strategies of teaching through writing in order to move beyond environmental injustice in the classroom. 



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January 1, 2021 - 11:43pm

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Abstract for 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, March 22-27, 2021.

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Tanya Matthan, "Writing Justice: Teaching Environmental Politics through Experimental Writing (Tanya Matthan)", contributed by Tanya Matthan, Disaster STS Network, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 2 January 2021, accessed 7 August 2022. https://disaster-sts-network.org/content/writing-justice-teaching-environmental-politics-through-experimental-writing-tanya-matthan