This month, the Environmental Humanities Center is turning two years old (already…). Next to celebrating with drinks and snacks, a brief review and outlook, and chance for conversation, we invite our members to propose activities, research, events, reading groups, interventions (from tiny to large), which you could imagine to organize – together with others.
Art historian T.J. Demos was at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam to present his most recent book publication Against the Anthropocene (2017) on December 12th 2017. We had the opportunity to interview him on behalf of the Environmental Humanities Center. Just before he started his book presentation we met and we had a chance to ask him some questions about his view on the environmental humanities and the importance of our Environmental Humanities Center.
In honour of Dr. Eva Jakobsson’s Research Fellowship with CLUE+, the Environmental Humanities Center organizes a Special Event on the biographies of lakes.
On 30 November, Perdu organizes an evening address the relations between social and climate justice through the lens of storytelling and imaginative practices.
For those attending the Outer Space Event on 15 November or the VU Space Day on 14 November, we offer the opportunity to visit the European Space Research and Technology Center in Noordwijk the next day. Please register before 13 November.
The Autumn newsletter of the Benelux section of the European Society for Environmental History
Our board members share their experiences with trying to reduce our plastic use during the #PlasticDiet last month.
Annabel Howland’s artistic research weaves a speculative web connecting art, science and finance. In her ongoing project P r o d u c e r s -P a r a s i t e s - H o s t s, such themes as cheating and cooperation, transparency and instability, profit and loss, intermingle with stories of microbial cooperation, dark pools and human debt. This symposium and installation at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam rounds off Howland's long term project.
On April 4th and 5th, 2019, Leiden University Centre for Arts in Society (LUCAS) will be hosting a Graduate Conference on "Animals: Theory, Practice, and Representation." This conference aims to rethink the relationships between humans and animals, in order to examine the ways in which these relationships are defined.
Continuing the conversation started during the Water and the City Event, Petra van Dam sees new possibilities for the VU Green Roof.
Our board member Julia Kantelberg got involved with the Embassy of the North Sea - a project of The Parliament of Things that started last spring. The Embassy of the North Sea discovers possibilities to start a conversation between all Things, Plants, Animals and Humans. Read Julia’s reports on the meetings on their website.
From 1 September, the Environmental Humanities Center will participate in the Plastic Diet, an international action to garner attention to the role of single-use plastic in environmental problems.