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 →

Video: Erle Ellis on the Anthropocene

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 →

CLIMATE WEEKS

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 →

Lecture on the law and climate activism

Jaap Spier will be interviewed in Spui25 (in Dutch) on his work in legal climate activism. Spier is one of the authors of the Oslo Principles, a set of Principles that comprise the essential obligations States and enterprises have to avert the critical level of global warming. Jaap Thielbeeke interviews him about global problems, the... Continue Reading →

Tipping Points – KNAW Symposium

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences hosts a symposium (in Dutch) on tipping points and climate change on 11 November. Kantelpunten zijn een belangrijk thema geworden in klimaatonderzoek omdat ze in een korte tijd kunnen zorgen voor een compleet ander klimaat. Maar wat is een kantelpunt precies en waardoor wordt het veroorzaakt? In... Continue Reading →

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).

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 →

Launch

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 →

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