Events

(Um)Weltschmerz: announcing final ENHANCE event

Posted on : June 12, 2018

The Munich-based ENHANCE team is happy to announce final project event “(Um)Weltschmertz, an exercise in humility and melancholia”. It will take place at the Deutsches Museum and Rachel Carson center in Munich, from 17th to 20th October, 2018. We hope to explore the deep ties that connect humans and their cultural and emotional lives to the changing environment around issues of environmental change and conflict, as well as the role of the environmental humanities in times of crises. Highlights of the public program include: 17/10: Opening keynote by Prof. Erik Swyngedouw (University of Manchester) 18/10: Screening of movie “The Anthropologist” followed by a discussion with main protagonist Prof. Susan Crate (George Mason University) 19/10: Keynote talk by Prof. Robert Bullard (Texas Southern University) 20/10: Closing lecture by Prof. Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University) The event will coincide with the launching of a special exhibition at the Deutsches Museum including 3D clips filmed at ENHANCE fellows’ research locations. A full version of the program will be made available soon.

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CFP: Sites of Remembering: Landscapes—Lessons—Policies

Posted on : January 17, 2018

** This call for papers has closed** Sites of Remembering: Landscapes—Lessons—Policies 27 - 28 April 2018 Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, Germany Abstract deadline: 12 February 2018 Paper deadline: 31 March 2018 Workshop Theme This workshop aims to discuss, identify and evaluate ways in which social sciences and humanities can use memory studies to engage with the problems we encounter in the world today, and bridge the divide between academic disciplines, and academia and policy. We intend to publish the results of this workshop as an issue in RCC Perspectives, the in-house journal series of the Rachel Carson Center. RCC Perspectives is an open access publication for examining the interrelationship between environmental and social change. Issues such as anthropogenic climate change, pollution, soil depletions and increasingly frequent large-scale disasters are widely recognised in the world today, yet they are only very hesitantly acted upon by citizens, governments, and corporations. The data about the state of the world that scientists have been providing for decades has hitherto failed to make significant landfall, and change the ways we behave and govern our planet. As Amitav Ghosh suggests, this failure shows how important humanities and social sciences are in the Anthropocene...

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CFP: Design & Environment: An intensive, interdisciplinary, and output-oriented workshop

Posted on : September 6, 2017

** This call for papers has closed. Please visit the workshop website. ** Call for Papers Design & Environment An Intensive, Interdisciplinary, and Output-Oriented Workshop Wednesday 28 February & Thursday 1 March 2018 University of Leeds Abstract deadline: 13 October 2017 3 to 5 page essay deadline: 12 January 2018 Keynotes Wendy Gunn (Senior Research Fellow at the Research[x]Design Research Group, Department of Architecture, KU Leuven) And Clare Rishbeth (Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Department of Landscape, The University of Sheffield) Theme This two-day workshop seeks to critically rethink how design and environment inform each other. Architects, designers, and environmental scholars from a range of disciplines are committed to sustainability. However, the relationships between these fields of inquiry and production are not self-evident. How are design and environment intertwined, or when does environment become design and vice versa? It has long been recognised that spatial planning and design are not just matters of aesthetics or convenience, but can have major consequences for how an environment functions in social terms. The examples of destructive socio-spatial segregation are ample, as are those of fragmented ecosystems. The workshop invites reflections on the troubled relationship between design and environment beyond conventional “Design for...

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ENHANCE School in Public Environmental Humanities

Posted on : June 2, 2017

Do you want to learn more about publicly engaged research? Those of us in the ENHANCE network are finalising the program for our School in Public Environmental Humanities. The school will take place in different parts of Stockholm during October 2 - 6, 2017, but will be located primarily around the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Applications are now closed, but please visit the school webpages for further information. Call for Applications The school will focus on the theme of public environmental humanities. In that spirit, we invite an additional eight students to participate in the school. We hope that PhD students (or Master students and post-docs) from a variety of backgrounds will apply and be part of the school. The ENHANCE students and instructors themselves represent a great deal of disciplinary and interdisciplinary training, in fields such as anthropology, creative writing, history, geography, marine policy, literature, STS, and social science. So, come join a growing network of environmental humanities scholars! Schedule and Information about the School in Public Environmental Humanities The schedule for the 2017 ENHANCE School gives students opportunity to explore, debate, and practice different modes and venues in which the public environmental humanities can materialise, such as filmmaking, exhibitions, policy/advocacy work, and journalism. The School is developed for the...

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Apply for ‘Communicating the Climate’ Workshop

Posted on : May 16, 2017

You are invited to apply for an upcoming climate communication workshop scheduled for August 18, 2017. We will hold the workshop at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich. We strongly encourage those interested in approaching climate science, history and change from a social science and humanities perspective to send in an application. To Apply Please read through our call and send in an application by June 15th to jeroen.oomen@rcc.lmu.de if you wish to participate. This project is generously supported by funds from European Union, through the Marie Curie ENHANCE ITN.

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Undisciplined Discipline Writing Workshop

Posted on : February 28, 2017

In late January, the "Writing with Undisciplined Discipline: a Writing Workshop with Environmental Humanities" took place. We had a great turn out. At the event, an exciting and eclectic group of individuals challenged each others' writing practices and expectations. Why Undisciplined The impetus for this event was partially in response to think and write through disciplinary difficulties in the face of calls for collaborative and transdisciplinary work on environmental issues. It was also spurred on by our desire to link together researchers interested in environmental humanities. For a comprehensive look at what took place during the event, I would direct you to Olga Cielemecka's lovely post. But briefly, we spent two days in conversation and writing—stretching our imagination with rocks, reacquainting ourselves to writing history and materials, delving into writing desire, exploring our writing senses, and more. What's Next Participants generated a lot of ideas at the meeting and some projects are already getting started. Some of these ideas are simple and some are more ambitious, and some are more undisciplined than others. Here's some things we are interested in making happen next: European Conference in Environmental Humanities An internal pre-peer review system for scholars looking for feedback on their writing Collaboration Directory - a one stop "shop" for researchers,...

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