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Critical Heritage and the Environmental Humanities

Globalizing Heritage invites you to a new text seminar series, exploring the intersection of critical heritage and the environmental humanities.

As emerging fields of inter-disciplinary scholarship, both domains are asking new questions of traditional knowledge regimes: the environmental humanities ask ethical, cultural and historical questions of environmental science, seeking to shape new capacities with which to meet emerging global challenges; similarly, critical heritage examines our relationship to cultural and historical formations as they are employed in contemporary circulation. At the intersection of these fields is a question of how our framing of the past determines the way in which we understand and interact with the environment into the future. How do we negotiate an approach to environmental issues through the use (and appropriation) of heritage? How do we configure the past to resist or encourage change? How do we understand and occupy ‘place’ as an historical accumulation? Within this nexus, these and other broad ranging questions reach towards new ideas about how to live in a rapidly changing world.

A cross-disciplinary group interested in this intersection will meet weekly to read texts from within these emerging fields and discuss the insights they offer our own work, with a view to forming collaborations for future projects. Please join us (with a sandwich) each Monday in room A413, School of Global Studies. 

Please contact Christine Hansen for more details or to have your name added to the email list.

All welcome!

Next seminar:


Past seminars:

September 22, 12.00-13.30, Room E509 School of Global Studies (bring your lunch!)

Rich Hutchings, "Understanding of and Vision for the Environmental Humanities" , Environmental Humanities, vol. 4, 2014, pp. 213-220

September 8, 12:15-13:30, A413 School of Global Studies (bring your lunch!)

This week we will discuss a text by the renowned eco-feminist scholar Val Plumwood, her final article before her death in 2008. This short work has served as inspiration for many contemporary environmental humanities scholars and is considered a foundation text in the field.

"Shadow Places and the Politics of Dwelling", Australian Humanities Review, Issue 44, March 2008  

Monday 9th June, 12:15-14:00, A413 School of Global Studies (bring your lunch!)  

This week's text seminar is the last for this semester, so please join us for lunch on Monday when we will discuss the text

"Slow Violence, Gender, and the Environmentalism of the Poor"
by Rob Nixon in Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Vols. 13.2 - 14.1 2006-2007

Monday 5th May, A413, School of Global Studies, 12:15 -13:30 (bring your lunch!)

This week's text is:

Dirty, Pretty Trash: Confronting Perceptions through the Aesthetics of the Abject

by Natasha Seegert in the current issue of Journal of Ecocriticism (Spring 2014) Vol 6, No 1.

April 22 2014, 12.15-14.00 in room A413, School of Global Studies (bring your lunch!)

This week we will look at a text by Anna Tsing from Aarhus University:

ON NONSCALABILITY: The Living World Is Not Amenable to Precision-Nested Scales, in Common Knowledge 18:3, Duke University 2012

(Email Christine Hansen for a copy)

April 7 2014, 12.15-14.00 in room A413, School of Global Studies (bring your lunch!)

This week we will look at two brief texts:

The first is the opening essay of Environmental Humanities, a peer review journal founded in 2012. To get a copy, contact Christine.

The second article is: Ravens at Play, by Deborah Bird Rose, Stuart Cooke and Thom van Dooren (2011), Cultural Studies Review volume 17 number 2 September 2011, pp 326-43 http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/csrj/index  

Feb 24 2014 at 12.00-14.00, Globala studier, Konstepidemins väg 2 - A413

"Becoming differently modern: Geographic contributions to a generative climate politics", by Lesley Head and Chris Gibson (2012)
Progress in Human Geography, 36(6) 699–714



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