At Carleton, Angus teaches courses in visual culture studies with a focus on collections-based research and experiential learning. At Yale, Angus taught in the History of Art, the program in Ethnicity, Race and Migration, and the graduate program in the Environmental Humanities. Her teaching combines object-based study and experiential learning with a focus on ethics and social change. Teaching a globalized humanities curriculum, her courses foreground feminist, LGBTQI, and anti-racist perspectives with a particular emphasis on environmental justice and Indigenous histories. The syllabi for previous courses are posted here.
ART IN THE ANTHROPOCENE
There is widespread consensus that we are living in a state of emergency and ecological collapse. This seminar explores how contemporary artists are responding to the Anthropocene, a geological epoch defined by the impacts of human activity on the natural world. The converging crises of our present have revealed how structural inequality has created an uneven distribution of environmental risk along the lines of class, ethnicity, race, and gender. Engaging critical issues in the environmental humanities and focusing on the intersections of environmental and social justice, the course will focus on contemporary art from the 1970s to the present, with attention to how the legacies of colonization, empire, and the transatlantic slave trade shape the present. We will consider how art bears witness to ecological crisis while exploring how arts worldmaking potential might help us imagine more just futures. Through a survey of contemporary art in the Anthropocene, we will critically examine the interface between art, activism, and knowledge production.
MATERIAL HISTORIES OF PHOTOGRAPHY
While we often see photographs mediated through screens, they are singular objects with specific material histories. Through Yale’s collections, this course will explore these histories from the early nineteenth century to the present and how they intersect with constructions of class, race, gender, and the non-human world; the ongoing processes of empire and settler-colonialism; and both modern environmental conservation and ecological crisis. This course involves object-based study in the Yale Center for British Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Beinecke Library, and the Medical Historical Library.