This seminar invites you to think deeply and critically about the broad theme of life. Drawing on scholarly, literary, and visual texts, we will explore the politics of life and death in the context of migration, slaughter, extraction, and activism. We will also expand discussions of life to include more-than-human others. What happens when we consider the possibility that rocks listen and “earth-beings” (such as rivers and glaciers) speak? Finally, we will consider entanglements of race, species, and (dis)ability. It is my hope that our rigorous examination of these and other issues will serve as windows through which we can view the workings of alterity, marginalization, and vulnerability, as well as survey pathways to alternative and better futures. You can see the full syllabus here.