ENV 638b/ARCH 4253 () / 2023-2024

Lab and Landscape of the Green Revolution

Credits: 3

Spring 2024: M, 11:00-12:50, RDH 706

Spring 2024, ENV 638/ARCH 4253, Labs and Landscapes of the Green Revolution, Application Information
In 1968, the director of the US Agency for International Development, William Gaud, christened the decades-long experiments with agriculture and technology as the "green revolution." Juxtaposing it with the Red Revolution of the USSR and the White Revolution of the Shah of Iran, record harvests during the Cold War made the Green Revolution as much about food and hunger as it did geopolitics and diplomacy. This seminar explores the origins and development of the Green Revolution through its principal sites of experimentation: laboratories and landscapes. Whether hailed by some as a major turning point in the history of combatting hunger and food insecurity or castigated by others for perpetuating colonial and imperial asymmetries of power and environmental degradation, the legacies of the Green Revolution endure to this day. We attend to the global legacies of this color-coded revolution and how it reshaped the contours of the land, food distribution networks, settlement patterns, and cultures of eating and cooking, as well as reconfigured the habits and habitats of the human subject. Along with weekly readings and assignments that involve eating and cooking, we travel to one of the major laboratories and landscapes of the Green Revolution: India.
This seminar will travel to India during spring recess (travel to and from India as well as accommodations in India will be completely covered, a small fee of $225.00 per student for in-country travel). If interested in enrolling in this course, please email the instructor Anthony Acciavatti anthony.acciavatti@yale.edu
with a brief explanation of why you are interested in the course as well as what program you are in and what year. Please do so by 12:00 PM EST on Monday, January 09.
Limited to 4 YSE Students
Limited to 4 YSE students