Welcome to the Anthropocene

In the Dutch radio show Nieuws BV (NPO Radio 1), Sjoerd Kluiving welcomed listeners to the Anthropocene. He explained what the process of inaugurating this geological era entails, and why its name could help raise awareness of humanity's impact on our planetary environment. Listen to the podcast here (in Dutch).

An Amphibious Culture

Since one of the effects of climate change in our current era is an increase in flooding, Professor Petra van Dam has analyzed how the Dutch dealt with floods in the past. She reached the surprising conclusion that even though risk of flooding is on the increase today, our society is now less adapted to... Continue Reading →

Historical Climatology

We warmly (no pun intended) recommend a visit to the blog Historical Climatology, which focuses on climate change scholarship in disciplines other than the sciences, including history, economics, political science, and law. The blog was founded by Dr. Dagomar Degroot, now a professor of environmental history at Georgetown University. In 2010, he was a fellow... Continue Reading →

Wybren Verstegen on Cultured Natures – podcast

One of the early attempts to create protected conservation areas came in 1928 with the Natuurschoonwet, freely translated as Nature Scenery Act. This Act was mostly about protecting country houses set in park like settings. Wybren Verstegen, Senior Lecturer in economic, social and environmental history at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has researched the Dutch Nature... Continue Reading →


Friday 4 November 2016, 15.30-17hrs Faculty of Humanities, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam At the launch of the Environmental Humanities Center at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you are very welcome to attend Libby Robin's lecture on Environmental Humanities in Practice. The Environmental Humanities (EH) is a focus for collaborative projects between the humanities disciplines emerging in different forms... Continue Reading →

Course guide 2017-2018

In this course guide, we aim to provide an overview of courses that focus on topics related to the environmental humanities. The guide is a work in progress: would you like to include your course here, please contact k.steenbergh@vu.nl. We also warmly welcome course descriptions from other Dutch universities. Courses at the Faculty of Humanities... Continue Reading →

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