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.
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).
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
On 2 May, Erle Ellis gave a lecture on the Anthropocene at the Environmental Humanities Center, in cooperation with the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. If you missed the event, you can now listen to the lecture here, thanks to Erle Ellis' generosity and Tim Renders' efforts in recording sound... Continue Reading →
In April and May, the Environmental Humanities Center organizes a series of events about climate change. Do spread the word - we hope to see you at these events! 30 March: Tom Buurman, 'Climate Change and Everyday Life in Stockholm' 21 April: Climate Change Event 2 May: Erle Ellis, 'From Pleistocene to Anthropocene: Why Humans... Continue Reading →
The latest episode of the Dutch TV programme "Tegenlicht" (VPRO) was entirely devoted to the Anthropocene. The documentary (in Dutch/interviews in English) featured contributions by Bruno Latour, Andrea Wulf, Jan Zalasiewicz, and Phil Gibbard. Watch the programme on "Uitzending Gemist":
EHC Special Event in cooperation with the Faculty of Theology Friday 13 January, 13.15 – 14.45h Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Main Building, room 10A20 Christopher Preston Climate Engineering: When Humans Enter the Domain of God(s) Proposals to engineer the climate in order to push back against warming global temperatures are gaining increasing attention in the light... Continue Reading →
Agents in the Anthropocene: Trans/disciplinary Practices in Art and Design Education Today symposium—call for presentations Piet Zwart Institute Master Education in ArtJanuary 26–28, 2017 Proposal deadline: December 16, 2016 The Master of Education in Arts, Piet Zwart Institute is pleased to announce an open call for presentations for the two-day symposium Agents in the Anthropocene:... Continue Reading →
Lecture by Christopher Preston at the University of Amsterdam In 2016 the Anthropocene Working Group of the International Commission on Stratigraphy officially found that Earth has entered the Anthropocene. The purpose of this talk is to raise some questions surrounding the naming of this new epoch and to challenge some of the assumptions that have... Continue Reading →
Libby Robin's inspiring keynote at the launch of the Environmental Humanities Center on 4 November is now available online on our YouTube Channel. Libby Robin is Professor in the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra, and affiliated professor at Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, in the KTH Environmental Humanities Lab and... Continue Reading →
Biophilia Lecture by Erik de Jong, Artis Professor (in Dutch) Friday 18 November, 15-17hrs at VU University Amsterdam, Main Building, room 1A-33 With a response by Tirza Brüggemann Erik de Jong holds the Artis Chair for Culture, Landscape and Nature at the University of Amsterdam. In his lecture he wonders whether we could use ‘biophilia’,... Continue Reading →
Now that humanity’s industrial emissions have pushed the global atmosphere into states it has not experienced for more than 3 million years, should we call upon our scientists and engineers to try to push it back? This is the question raised by the dramatic prospect of climate engineering (or geoengineering). Visiting Distinguished Fellow in the... Continue Reading →