oseph Henry Vogel



Ecocriticism as an Economic School of Thought:

A Transdisciplinary Mini-Course* 

Joseph Henry VOGEL, PhD is professor of economics at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. He has served as a technical advisor on the Ecuadorian delegation to the Convention on Biological Diversity and as a juror for the International Tribunal of Climate Justice. For the last fifteen years, Vogel has consulted extensively in numerous projects funded by the multilateral agencies and NGOs. Author of 60 works and speaker at over 200 forums worldwide, Vogel is offering a one-week course based on recent publications that he has authored, co-authored, or edited:  

The Economics of the Yasuní Initiative: Climate Change as if Thermodynamics Mattered  (Anthem Press, 2009)

The Museum of Bioprospecting, Intellectual Property, and the Public Domain    

           (Anthem Press, 2010)

•“Collapse Tourism” (OMETECA Science and Humanities, 2010)

•“Geopiracy” (Tulane Environmental Law Journal, 2008)

Amazonia in the Arts: Ecocriticism versus the Economics of Deforestation

        (FLACSO, 2010)

Enrolling students can hail from the sciences, natural or social, as well as the humanities, business, or law. Indeed, the course integrates with almost any division of the university. A primary objective is transdisciplinary research. Past collaborations with graduate and undergraduate students have resulted in co-authored refereed journal articles, translations, YouTube documentaries, annotated filmographies and the supervision of numerous theses. Note well: not every collaboration need be academic. One talented student sewed a quilt of her interpretation of Amazonia in the Arts.  

Modality for Participating Universities:

•Students register for course on www.josephhenryvogel.com

•Password is assigned into a Discussion Board and students begin required readings

•Students coordinate and screen suggested films on campus

•Professor Vogel arrives on a Monday and conducts two and a half hour classes for five consecutive days

•Individual meetings scheduled to discuss research proposals

•Course ends on a Saturday with a local outing and lunch

•Subsequent feedback on proposals in WORD MARK-UP and

          re-submission through email

•Final grade based on student participation and quality of research project.


Fee for Participating Universities:

The honorarium covers all costs associated with accommodations, transportation, closing activity and the carbon offset credit for accommodations, etc. No administrative logistics are required beyond a standardized contract. To calculate the honorarium for the one credit course, divide the annual tuition (for private institutions, full; for public, out-of-state) by 30 credit hours and multiply by 20. Although class size is limited to 20 registered students, auditors to any or all of the lectures are very much welcome.  

Should your institution be interested, please contact: josephvogel@usa.net

Subject: “ECO-ECON 101”

cc: jtomikorobles@yahoo.com


*”Ecocriticism: The field of enquiry that analyzes and promotes works of art

which raise moral questions about human interactions with nature, while also

motivating audiences to live within a limit that will be binding over

generations.” Camilo Gomides, “Putting a New Definition of Ecocriticism to

the Test: The Case of the Burning Season, a Film (Mal)Adaptation.”

Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 13.1 (Winter 2006):


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