General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Genocides and Ecocides: A Planetary Perspective
Language English
Module lecturer prof. dr hab. Ewa Domańska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position professor
Faculty Faculty of History
Semester 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 30


Wednesday, 12:30-14:00, room 3.104 (Faculty of History, ul. Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego 7 - campus Morasko). FIRST CLASS: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11TH, 2023.

Module aim (aims)

This course intends to explore the relationship between history, environment and various eco- and genocides. It will discuss comparative approaches to genocide studies and the problem of the universalization of the notion of holocaust, its usage to integrate indigenous history and nuclear holocaust into genocide studies, and the ethical dilemmas posed by the idea of  "animal holocaust." While the focus of the course is theoretical and methodological, the case of different forms of mass-killings will be examined in order to discuss a problem of survival value of human knowledge.

A1 - to introduce students to various cases of ecocides and genocides in contemporary history and to demonstrate the events’ interdependence

 A2 - to deepen students’ understanding of the diverse ways that the concept of the Holocaust has been universalized and to introduce students to its various usages (Jewish Holocaust, nuclear holocaust, animal holocaust, environmental holocaust)

 A3 – to encourage students to critically reflect on the problem of anthropocentrism and dehumanization as well as eurocentrism through analysis of ecocides and genocides

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Advanced knowledge of English; scholarly interest in the environmental humanities, genocide and ecocide studies, extinction of species, Anthropocene, climate change and anthropogenic disasters and bridging Western and indigenous knowledges.


  1. Genocide and Ecocide Studies in the Framework of Anthropocene Humanities
  2. Ecocide as a Genocidal Project
  3. Ecocide as International Crime
  4. Ecocide as “Environmental Holocaust”
  5. Genocides - Comparative Perspective
  6. Nuclear Holocaust (Hiroshima)
  7. Dehumanization
  8. Animal Holocaust
  9. War as Environmental Disaster
  10. Genocide of Humans and Non-Humans (Indigenous Perspective)
  11. Non-Humans as Persons
  12. Ecocide, Colonialism and Global Capitalism
  13. Genocides and Ecocides as Human Suicide (or self-extinction)
  14. Conclusions

syllabus available online here

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