Events

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

Posted on : September 6, 2017

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 the Environment” (DfE) frameworks (focussing on the environmental impact of products or processes)...

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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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CfP – Mediating Climate Change

Posted on : November 15, 2016

Call for Papers: Mediating Climate Change   University of Leeds Tuesday 4th – Thursday 6th July 2017 Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2017   An affiliated event organised by members of the Environmental Humanities Research Group at the University of Leeds Confirmed speakers: Professor Wändi Bruine de Bruin (Leeds); Professor Nigel Clark (Lancaster); Professor Alexandra Harris (Liverpool); Professor Mike Hulme (King’s College London); Dr Adeline Johns-Putra (Surrey); Professor Toby Miller (Loughborough); Professor Gillen D’Arcy Wood (Illinois) Our experience of climate change is always mediated. Its effects are encountered through changing weather patterns, including the storms, floods, and droughts that afflict communities across the world. They are also encountered through different forms of representation: a novel imagining a desiccated future Earth; a television documentary about coral bleaching; a graph of rising global temperatures. Researchers increasingly understand climate change as a cultural and political issue, and are concerned with the ways in which it is mediated in different contexts, and to different audiences. This major environmental humanities conference will cross disciplines and periods to analyse the ways in which human beings have tried to make sense of climate change. What difficulties are there in representing climate change? How has it been debated in the...

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SAF – Stories of the Anthropocene Festival

Posted on : October 18, 2016

The KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, in collaboration with the Rachel Carson Center and the Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History, and Environment at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, presents Stories of the Anthropocene Festival (SAF), which will take place on the 26, 27, 28 and 29 of October 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. We invited scholars, artists, writers, filmmakers, and activists to propose a single story that could represent or encapsulate the Anthropocene. The stories presented and performed will be from all possible angles and scales, rejecting any pre-constituted hierarchy between fiction and non-fiction, local and global, scientific and vernacular, academic and pop. Deeply rooted in the storytelling tradition of the humanities, SAF seeks to reclaim the power of narratives to shape and understand the world beyond the dualities of possible/impossible, material/immaterial, real/imaginary. The Anthropocene has developed a dual career, firstly as a geological term and secondly as a cultural term. It is open whether geologists will find the precise stratum where the Anthropocene began, and if the geological community will agree on the Anthropocene as a new epoch in Earth history. In many fields of the humanities and social sciences and also in the public, however, the Anthropocene is already...

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