FSEM1010-32.FSEM: Trash Talk.F16.Hoffman,Brian
FSEM: Trash Talk
Academic Term and Year
Area of Study
This course examines trash – uncovering the things and places ignored by design. We will apply an anthropological lens, traveling across time and space, to explore our complex relationship with rubbish and ruins. We will begin with “garbology”, an archaeological perspective on consumption and waste. Next we will explore the lives of the people most involved with the material residue of our world – employing ethnography to understand sanitation workers, urban explorers, pickers, hoarders, and freegans. Finally, we will critically examine the globalized nature of modern refuse, from industrial ruins to ship-breaking, attempting to trace some of the entanglement between place, people and discarded things.
Hoffman, Brian, "FSEM1010-32.FSEM: Trash Talk.F16.Hoffman,Brian" (2016). Syllabi. 11495.