Readings - Critical Perspectives (Ways of Looking)

Reading List

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Bob Joseph, 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act (Port Coquitlam, BC: Indigenous Relations Press, 2018), 1-123.

Amitav Gosh, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017), 3-84.

Achille Mbembe, “The Universal Right to Breathe,” Africa is a Country (17 June 2020). Accessed 12 June 2022,

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants (Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2013), ix-x, 205-215, 254-267.

David Wallace-Wells, “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming,” New York Magazine (10 July 2017).


David R. Boyd, The Rights of Nature: A Legal Revolution That Could Save the World (Toronto: ECW Press, 2017), 206-233.

Anna Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015), 1-25, 155-163.

Elizabeth Kolbert, “A Lake in Florida Suing to Protect Itself,” The New Yorker (18 April 2022). Accessed 19 April 2022,

Hillary Beaumont, “What Would It Look Like to Take the First Nations Water Crisis Seriously?” The Walrus (18 October 2019, updated 13 February 2020). Accessed 12 Jun 2022,


Te Nehisi Coates, “The Case for Reparations,” The Atlantic (June 2014 issue). Accessed 12 June 2022.

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Luke Charles Harris, Daniel Martinez HoSang, and George Lipsitz (eds.), Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness across the Disciplines (Oakland, University of California Press, 2019), 1-19.

Arundathi Roy, “The Pandemic is a Portal,” Financial Times (3 April 2020). Accessed 6 June 2023,

Sekou Cook, Hip Hop Architecture, (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021) 003-007; 013-079

Craig K. Wilkins, The Aesthetics of Equity (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007) 3-29


Haruki Murakami, “Reality A and Reality B”, New York Times (29 November 2010). Accessed 12 June 2022,

Kate Crawford, Atlas of AI (New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 2021), 22-51.

Ted Chiang, “Chat GPT is a Blurry jpg of the Web,” New Yorker (February 9, 2023). Accessed 12 June 2023,

Hito Steyerl, “In Defense of the Poor Image,” e-Flux Journal (Issue #10, November 2009).


Max Haiven, Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire (London: Pluto Press, 2022), 61-84.

Vaclav Smil, How the World Really Works (New York: Viking 2022), 76-102.

Silvia Federici, “Commons Against and Beyond Capitalism,” in: Re-Enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons, edited by Silvia Federici and Peter Linebaugh (Oakland: PM Press, 2019), 85-98.

Roland Barthes, “Myth Today” in Mythologies (New York: Hill & Wang, 1972), 109-159.

Stuart Hall, “The Work of Representation” in Representation: Cultural Representation and Signifying Practices (London: Sage, 1997), 13-58.