ENTANGLEMENTS: Online lecture series

Bringing together scholars across time zones and disciplines, the series takes an exploratory approach to environmental issues and aims to allow as many people as possible to access some of the most exciting ideas in the field of environmental humanities and beyond. All are welcome, spread the word!

Upcoming lectures:

  • Thursday 8 April 2021, 20:00hrs CET
    Rosemary Joyce, “Nuclear Landscapes”

    The global nuclear industry has for decades used sites like Stonehenge to justify designs for long-term markers to be placed over nuclear waste repositories to ensure they are not violated in distant, imagined futures. In the US, the result has been a proposal to build a pre-formed archaeological site, a ruin that would qualify for listing as a World Heritage site in the future if it were ever implemented. Alternative proposals, some emerging from the same planning process, others from activism in opposition to the nuclear industry, propose a variety of aesthetic installations as alternative ways of marking the contaminated landscapes under construction. Read more…

  • Thursday 20 May 2021
    Elmas Deniz

    More information coming soon!

  • Thursday 3 June 2021, 20:00hrs CET
    Jane Bennett, “Out for a Walk in the Middle Voice”

    I begin by exploring two strolls: one by the 19th century naturalist Henry Thoreau, who finds himself inscribed by vegetal forms and powers; and one by Paul Klee’s graphic line as it enlists the energies of a human hand to become a doodle. These two walks expose the radical entanglement of human and nonhuman activities, and they call for a lexicon able to acknowledge such a trans-specied kind of agency. How to bespeak such joint efforts in ways that give the nonhuman its due? What grammar, syntax, and verbal forms best acknowledge the contributions of animal, vegetal, mineral, and atmospheric vitalities to one another? How to find a language sensitive to the way human writing is itself enabled and infused with nonhuman inscriptions? Here I draw upon the poetic grammar of Walt Whitman. Read more…

  • Thursday 30 September 2021, 20:00hrs CET
    Catriona Sandilands

    More information coming soon!

  • Thursday 28 October 2021, 16:00hrs CET
    Iva Pesa

    More information coming soon!

Past lectures:

  • Thursday 11 March 2021, 16:00hrs CET: Georg Stöger, “Urban Environment in Everyday Life, 18th and 19th century”

    In this online lecture I will speak about the changes of urban environment during the 18th and 19th century. In my research project I’ve dealt with a middle size town (Linz in Upper Austria) and tried to study change and persistence in a long term perspective. I was explicitly interested in the collective and individual practices in everyday life that shaped (and were shaped by) the urban environment. In this respect the work of the French sociologist Henri Lefebvre on everyday life and on the production of space offers interesting starting points for an analysis of actors and their logics. Read more…

  • Thursday 11 February 2021, 20:00hrs CET: Cara Daggett, “Petro-masculinity and Climate Defiance”

    Far-right movements are on the rise worldwide, and many have embraced both misogynistic and anti-climate action positions. While these resentments are often treated separately, in this webinar, I will discuss their interconnections through the concept of petro-masculinity, which appreciates the historic role of fossil fuel systems in buttressing white patriarchal rule. Petro-masculinity also helps to clarify the appeal of climate defiance, an aggressive stance that I distinguish from the broader category of climate denial. Read more…

  • Thursday 10 December 2020, 16:00hrs CET: Leonie Cornips, “How a Dairy Cow Relates to Other Cows and Humans: The Opening of a Conversation

    This lecture will focus on how the dairy cow within the power dynamics of industrial farming, makes social meaning in her barn by relating to other cows and entering human(s) via a processually emergent quality arising from multiple assemblages of human and nonhuman elements, including material things, artefacts and spaces. Read more…

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