Water & the City Symposium, 23 March

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 →

Lecture René ten Bos: Leven in het Antropoceen

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 →

Missed our Nuclear Waste Events?

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 →

Lecture T.J. Demos: Against the Anthropocene

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 →

Nuclear Waste Event: report

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 →

Nuclear Waste Weeks: film screening this Friday

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 →

Workshop: Earth Matters in the Museum

On Thursday 28 September, 14-17hrs, the Research Center for Material Culture organises the workshop Earth Matters in the Museum: Planetary Entanglements and Precarities. The workshop is organised by Wayne Modest, professor (by special appointment) of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies in the faculty of humanities at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Member of the board of... Continue Reading →

New book: Anglo-Saxon Literary Landscapes

Amsterdam University Press has started a book series devoted to Environmental Humanities in Pre-modern Cultures. The first book in the series is just out: Anglo-Saxon Literary Landscapes: Ecotheory and the Environmental Imagination by Heide Estes. "Literary scholars have traditionally understood landscapes, whether natural or manmade, as metaphors for humanity instead of concrete settings for people's actions.... Continue Reading →

Thin Ice: opening of academic year

The opening of the academic year at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam focused on the question ‘Thin ice! What can science do to help?’, and explored what the arts can teach the sciences in the case of climate change - a topic we also explored last year at the Environmental Humanities Center. The question was addressed by... Continue Reading →

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