Roundtable Discussion: Reading List for a Progressive Environmental Anthropology

In this episode of AnthroPod, we bring you a recording of a roundtable discussion about the recently published Reading List for a Progressive Environmental Anthropology. The crowdsourced reading list is a project organized by Bridget Guarasci (Franklin and Marshall College), Amelia Moore (University of Rhode Island), and Sarah Vaughn (University of California, Berkeley). Crafting this reading list around themes such as toxicity, globalization, waterscapes, and economies, Guarasci, Moore, and Vaughn aim to offer theoretical and regional breadth that pushes at the intellectual and practical boundaries of environmental anthropology.

In this roundtable discussion held at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Guarasci and Moore are joined by collaborators Jessica Cattelino (University of California, Los Angeles), Eleana Kim (University of California, Irvine), and Laura Ogden (Dartmouth College) for a conversation on how the reading list came about, the motivations behind it, and possible applications and future directions. As well as offering insightful commentary on environmental anthropological theory over the years, the discussion highlights the political implications of who we choose to read now and what concepts and discourses we engage in our conversations about the environment—in other words, why citation matters.


Benjamin Bean produced this episode of AnthroPod. Special thanks to Josh Rivers for serving as Executive Producer on this episode; to Marios Falaris for technical assistance; to Bridget Guarasci, Amelia Moore, and Sarah Vaughn for bringing this conversation to us; to Jessica Cattelino, Eleana Kim, and Laura Ogden for joining the conversation; and to Kyle Harp and Laura LeVon for coordinating the publication of the reading list as part of the Teaching Tools section of the Cultural Anthropology website.

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Music: All the Colors of the World, by Podington Bear.