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ENVS 2100 Environment & Culture 30 November 2015
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Menu Announcements Housekeeping Discussion/impressions of the quiz Timed writing Haraway material Issues with introductions
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I know the world is an active subject because…
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Haraway 1 Another dualism – scientific objectivity vs. social constructivism. This, too, is a false dichotomy, in fact Haraway’s aim is to dismantle the very notion of duality and instead emphasis the contingent and flexible nature of apprehension, and therefore comprehension. This is why she focuses on “vision,” broadly defined.
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“(H)ow to have simultaneously an account of radical historical contingency for all knowledge claims and knowing subjects, a critical practice for recognizing our own “semiotic technologies” for making meanings, and a no-nonsense commitment to faithful accounts of a “real” world, one that can be partially shared and that is friendly to earthwide projects of finite freedom, adequate material abundance,
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Unformatted text preview: modest meaning in su±ering, and limited happiness.” (p 579) Some things to think about • What are “semioTc technologies” and how do they help us make meaning(s)? • How many threads is she holding together here, in other words how many perspecTves is she wanTng to hold on to at the same Tme? • What are these threads, and why is each one important? What does she want to do with them? What are “situated knowledges” or, put another way, located perspecTves? What situates or locates a way of knowing? ±hink of two examples of situated knowledge and/or a located perspecTve. Why does Haraway use vision as a “thing to think with” in this arTcle? What is vision, and how does she play with it as a way to make her points (and what are her points)? “Vision is always a queston of The power To see – and perhaps of The violence impliciT in our visualizing practces.” (p 585)...
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