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).
This Stevin Seminar (CLUE+) addresses the life of plants from philosophical, biological and artistic perspectives.
On Thursday 31 May, Hein-Anton van der Heijden will visit the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) to present his most recently written book: Na het neoliberalisme – Klimaatverandering, sociale bewegingen en politiek (2017).
The publication of our board member Petra van Dam's new book on the 200-year history of the the Amsterdam Ordnance Datum Van Amsterdams peil naar Europees Referentievlak: De Geschiedenis van het NAP tot 2018 drew a lot of attention from newspapers and radio.
On Friday, 16th February a group of students, academics and other inquisitive attendants came together to listen to a lecture by 'Thinker Laureate' René ten Bos, Professor of Philosophy at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. He was granted the title of 'Thinker Laureate' in the Spring of 2017, and will bear this honour for two... Continue Reading →
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 →
Respondent: Joost Adriaanse and Juliette Huijgen Date: Tuesday, 22 May 2018 Time: 4 p.m. – 5.15 p.m. Room: VU main building, room HG-12A33 Drinks afterwards Attendance is free of charge; please register using the form below. Facing social and ecological changes that may threaten the very survival of our species, our times require large-scale collective... Continue Reading →
Environmental Humanities Center Symposium Friday 23 March 2018, 14.00 – 17.00u Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Main Building, room 12A-00 For catering reasons, please register using the form below. Climate change, increasing rainfall, sea level rise, and flood risk pose significant challenges for low-lying countries such as The Netherlands. Historically, Amsterdam has devised a number of strategies... Continue Reading →
The History department of the University of Manchester seeks to appoint a Presidential Fellow specialising in environmental history. Environmental history is a growing area of research that seeks to understand how people have understood, shaped and been shaped by their world. Applications are welcome from researchers working on any historical period or geographical area, whose... Continue Reading →
16 February 2018, 15.30hrs Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Main Building Room 10A-00 Please register below. The Dutch 'Thinker Laureate' (Denker des Vaderlands) René ten Bos will visit the Environmental Humanities Center to talk about his new book Dwalen in het Antropoceen. Please note that this lecture will be in Dutch. Leven in het Antropoceen Hoe overleven... Continue Reading →
In October and November 2017, the Environmental Humanities Center organised the Nuclear Waste Weeks in cooperation with Anna Volkmar (Leiden University) and Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou (CRAL, EHESS). Nuclear waste is one of the major unsolved challenges of our time, raising an array of questions, from the possibilities and politics of storage and disposal, over deep time,... Continue Reading →
Tuesday December 12 17.30-19.00 uur Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Lecture Hall 0B-60 Initium Building, ground floor De Boelelaan 1077 Behind Main Building, across from stop De Boelelaan/VU (tram 5/metro 51) Admission free; please register below. NB: Because of overwhelming interest, we are moving to a bigger lecture hall: 0B-60 in the Initium Building, behind the Main... Continue Reading →
This blog post shares some impressions from an excursion with the Environmental Humanities Center to an underground research laboratory for the storage of nuclear waste and an art exhibition on nuclear culture. By Anna Volkmar (Leiden University) On October 27, I went underground. Together with thirteen volunteers I descended into the bowels of HADES, the... Continue Reading →
Our Nuclear Waste Weeks have come to a close. Student board member Ankie Petersen reports on the Nuclear Waste Event: Nuclear Waste Event During our Nuclear Waste Weeks, local and global news outlets talked about the extent of the pollution of sea water after the Fukushima disaster of 2011, an anti-nuclear weapon campaign won the... Continue Reading →
In the context of our Nuclear Waste Weeks, Anna Volkmar and Kyveli Mavrokordopoulou invite you to a film screening this Friday 15-16hrs. They will show two recent short films that focus on the issue of nuclear waste: Julian Charrière's Somewhere (2014) and Myroslav Slaboshpitskyy's Nuclear Waste (2012). Everyone is welcome to this (free) screening on... Continue Reading →