August 15+ 18, 6-8pm ET
Can economic development really be sustainable? If American consumption systems were universalized we would need the resources of six Planet Earths. Despite the common belief that economic growth can continue forever, most ecologists see this as undesirable and impossible. In this course, we will examine the origin of the idea of "sustainable development", assess criticisms of the idea, and consider two alternative models: "degrowth" and "conviviality."
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Richard Boyechko is a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature focusing on contemporary science fiction (SF) primarily from Eastern Europe and East Asia. His dissertation deals with director Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer (2013) and its precursors, works that invite theorizing about biopolitics, biodiversity, and planetary limits.