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.

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.  

We’re on a Plastic Diet

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.

Microplastics Event: Invisible Invaders, 14 June

Microplastics are everywhere. Particles of plastic less than five millimeters in length (about the size of a sesame seed) find their way into the environment from many sources. These plastics are essentially indestructible; they do not biodegrade but break down into ever smaller pieces. At this interdisciplinary event, we explore microplastics from multiple angles.

ARIAS: Arts & Ecology

How do the arts and artistic research contribute to planetary-scale questions of ecological transformation and disaster? This evening will feature three examples of special ways in which the arts trace the cultural, political and social implications of local and global moving resources, showing the shifting contexts and social ecologies of primary materials (such as oil, silicate or wood).

How Gardens Feel: The Natural History of Sensation in Spenser and Milton

Michael Schoenfeldt, University of Michigan Lecture organized by ACCESS, the Amsterdam Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Emotions and Sensory Studies (CLUE+). Wednesday 18 April 2018 3.30 -5.00pm, drinks afterwards Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Main Building Room: 13A33 In this talk, Michael Schoenfeldt explores the relation between the environment and the sensation of pleasure in Spenser and Milton... Continue Reading →

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