Beginning in December 2020 and running until summer 2021, the Environmental Humanities Center presents a series of webinars with scholars from environmental humanities and beyond. Click to learn more!
This two-day conference will bring together scholars from eight different countries and various humanities disciplines to pursue fluctuations in conceptualizations, expressions and feelings of safety over time as well as in cultures of surveillance and safety practices. Speakers will address a variety of topics, ranging from narratives and visual discourses of (un)safety, to representations and imaginations of places and spaces of safety and regulations to ensure safety.
To mark the launch of their Master's degree in Environmental Humanities, the Ca'Foscari University of Venice has an amazing line-up of online conversations with environmental humanities scholars and authors from all over the world, to be streamed on their website.
The edited book of one of our Dutch Environmental Humanities colleagues Chad Weidner is out now. Fractured Ecologies is a collection of papers, bent essays and poems.
An essay by guest author Alex Ventimilla (MA student English & Film at the University of Alberta and research assistant at SpokenWeb)
Environmental historian Raf de Bont has been rewarded with the Dr. Hendrik Muller Prijs 2019. This symposium on the 12th of December will include talks by among others founding EHC board member Kristine Steenbergh!
EHC and ASI invite you to the Transitions Workshop on November 1st! The keynote lecture will be given by Derk Loorbach, followed by paper presentations by young researchers along the themes of perceptions, policy, and practice of transitions. Registration via the link this post! NOTE changed location: Internationaal Instituut voor Sociale Geschiedenis, Cruquiusweg 31, 1019 AT Amsterdam.
Please note a change of room for the Masterclass: VU Medical Building, room D-565.
In his public lecture on 20 September, Allan Stoekl draws on the work of Georges Bataille and E. F. Schumacher's Buddhist economics to imagine a theory of sustainability that will avoid the pitfalls of the technocratic approach. In the morning, (R)MA and PhD students are welcome to participate in a Masterclass on this topic.
A call for papers from our colleagues in Denmark! The submission deadline is the 8th of September. The seminar will be held at Aarhus University from 4-5 December 2019 as a cooperative effort among the Ecological Globalizations Research Group, Urban Orders Research Center, and the Center for Environmental Humanities, all based at Aarhus University.
Join us on June 27th for the last session of the environmental humanities reading group before the summer on Petrocultures. In this session we will familiarize ourselves with concepts like ‘petroculture,’ ‘petromelancholia,’ and ‘the energy unconscious.’ Dr Jeff Diamanti (UvA) will lead the session.
Finn Arne and Dolly Jørgensen from the University of Stavanger will visit the VU on the 17th of May. The theme of their lectures is technology in human-animal relations, specifically concerning bird houses and dogs with antennas. Save the date!
One of the initiatives pitched at our Birthday Event last year is a new Environmental Humanities Reading Group. Their next meeting, focused on ecoambiguity, is on 21 February on the VU Campus.
Art historian T.J. Demos was at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam to present his most recent book publication Against the Anthropocene (2017) on December 12th 2017. We had the opportunity to interview him on behalf of the Environmental Humanities Center. Just before he started his book presentation we met and we had a chance to ask him some questions about his view on the environmental humanities and the importance of our Environmental Humanities Center.
Microplastics are everywhere. Particles of plastic less than five millimeters in length (about the size of a sesame seed) find their way into the environment from many sources. These plastics are essentially indestructible; they do not biodegrade but break down into ever smaller pieces. At this interdisciplinary event, we explore microplastics from multiple angles.