The Planetary

What happens when our imagination stretches from Madison to the farthest reaches of the galaxy? When our reasonable concern for the environment meets the research of exo-planets? When the environmental humanities meets planetary science? The Planetary Constellation explores planet Earth as both a global ecosystem in which nature and technologies are entangled and a cosmological entity belonging to a solar system and universe. This Constellation asks students to think about how the global is at the core of crucial phenomena like climate change, the financial crisis, and transnational migrations; and the cosmological aspect that has been at play since the Copernican revolution and its displacement of the Earth from the center of the cosmos.

Frédéric Neyrat is a Mellon-Morgridge Professor of Planetary Humanities and a French philosopher with expertise in the environmental humanities and contemporary theory. He is the author of several books, including The Unconstructable Earth: An Ecology of Separation, and Atopias: Manifesto for a Radical Existentialism. Dr. Neyrat recently launched Alienocene, an electronic journal that gathers texts, sounds, and images seeking to reshape the relationship between the human and the inhuman, the terrestrial and the extraterrestrial, the near and the distant, what is familiar to us and what persists in remaining – despite everything – alien.

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE 203: Calling Planet Earth: An Introduction to Environmental Humanities 

The Planetary Constellation is anchored in Frédéric Neyrat’s environmental humanities class which explores planet Earth as both a global ecosystem and a cosmological entity.

CR: 3 / Elementary / Humanities (Literature)

  • Enrollment Info

    Comparative Literature 203: Calling Planet Earth
    Requisites: None
    Course Designation: Breadth – Literature
    Counts toward the Humanities req
    Level – Elementary
    L&S Credit – Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&

    Lecture 61289
    Discussion 303   70022

+ GEOGRAPHY 139: Living in the Global Environment
CR: 3 / Elementary / Social Science

  • Enrollment Info

    Geography 139: Living in the Global Environment
    Requisites: None
    Course Designation: Breadth – Social Science
    Level – Elementary
    L&S Credit – Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S

    Lecture  59204
    Discussion  303 60532

  • Optional Bio-Science Add On

    BIOLOGY/BOTANY/ZOOLOGY 152:Introductory Biology 152 This foundational biology course addresses evolution and diversity of organisms and is one of the most in-demand options for fulfilling introductory biology requirements.

    CR: 5 / Elementary / Comm-B / Biological Science