University of Bath Spa Environmental Humanities Research Centre Public Lectures/Performances 2018. They are here
by Taylor Rose
Date: May 3, 2018
Location: Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: Anthropology, Environmental History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Humanities, Literature
Yale Environmental Humanities is pleased to announce the “Second Annual Symposium on the Environmental Humanities.” Please join us at the Whitney Humanities Center for a lively day of discussion on Thursday May 3, 2018.
This one-day conference will showcase current Yale graduate student research from across the diverse range of disciplines that make up the environmental humanities. The conference includes four moderated panel sessions featuring presentations by graduate students from eleven different fields.
The first session, “Environmental Rights and Multi-species Ethics,” will examine new legal horizons in the Anthropocene; the relationship between science and local knowledge in the Philippine banana industry; and emergent modes of intercentric environmental thought, which refract existing biocentric and anthropocentric ethic models through the lens of religion.
The second panel, “Landscape, Development, and Spatial Politics,” will analyze the everyday entanglements of ritual purity and air pollution in household kitchens in the rural Indian Himalayas; coastal regions and shipping ports as natural, economic, and symbolic transition zones; and the historical (re-)development of shanty towns in Amazonia’s two biggest cities: Manaus, Brazil and Iquitos, Peru.
The third session, “Ethics, Literature and the Anthropocene,” will explore the intersections of theology and marine biology; new modes of human-nonhuman engagement through a notion of “ecstatic embodiment”; and the relationship between attention exercises and political ecology, from Marcus Aurelius to Aldous Huxley to the more recent work of Timothy Morton and Ursula K. Heise.
The fourth session, “Representation and the Material,” will address the cultural and economic corridor between Houston, Texas and Saudi Arabia by attending to energy development and infrastructure; the interplay between art, materiality, and “proto-environmental” thought in the work of nineteenth-century social critic John Ruskin; toxic geographies of U.S. imperialism and the “bioaccumulation of empire” in Marshallese women exposed to radiation from nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s; and the “ecological turn” in theater and performance.
The presentations will be formatted as flash talks designed to provide a brief overview of each presenter’s main arguments and their engagement with the environmental humanities.
For more information, please visit the Yale Environmental Humanities website.
We hope you will join us!
Contact Info: Taylor Elliott Rose, PhD student, Yale University
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
we are happy to announce that the deadline for BALTEHUMS, the First Baltic Conference on the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences, to take place in Riga on October 8-9, 2018, has been extended. The new deadline is APRIL 15, 2018. If you haven’t done this yet, please send your abstracts by this date to Kati Lindström (kati.lindstrom[at]abe.kth.se ).
First Baltic Conference on the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences (BALTEHUMS) aims to bring together environment-inspired scholars from different disciplines (anthropology, arts, ecology, folkloristics, geography, history, literature, semiotics, psychology etc), in order to
In order to map the grounds of the emerging community, the conference is open to all topics that focus on environment in humanities, arts and social sciences: food, resources, landscape, pollution, water, recycling, power plants, representation of nature, environment and social movements, human-animal studies, environmental ethics etc. Under ‘environment’ we do not mean only ‘nature’, but also built environment and cultural and industrial spaces linked to non-human nature and natural resources at large.
The conference welcomes contributions from all scholars who work on environmental humanities, arts and social sciences of the Baltic region, independently of where they live and work. We also welcome those scholars who reside in the Baltics and are interested in the field but whose work focusses on some other geographic location.
We welcome contributions in all recognised academic formats (20 min presentations; posters, roundtables) but are also open to suggestions for newer, more dynamic formats like shorter ‘provocations’ for works in progress or artistic interventions (á 5-10 mins). Please send an abstract (for classical presentations) or a short note on why you are interested in the event and a possible title for your short intervention by April 15, 2018 to Kati Lindström ( kati.lindstrom[at]abe.kth.se )
With kind regards,
The organising committee:
Dr. Anita Zariņa & Dr. Kristīne Abolina, University of Latvia
Dr. Kati Lindström, KTH Royal Institute of Technology & University of Tartu
Dr. Kadri Tüür & Prof. Ulrike Plath, Tallinn University
Dr. Anda Baklāne, Latvian Library
Venue: Media Wall, Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Commons Building Foyer 15/03/2018 6 pm
Artistic Direction : Thomas Kampe; Editorial Direction: Manuela Jara Choreographic; Direction & Research: Carol Brown
Sound: Russell Scoones
Video Artist: Meek Zuiderwyk Video Assistant: Freddie Errazo
The New Zealand Dance Company: Carl Tolentino, Lucy Lynch, Chris Ofanoa, Katie Rudd
displaced/displayed re-activates the legacy of Viennese choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser (Vienna 1890 – Sydney 1959) and her dancers within a context of global transmission of dance knowledge through crisis, diaspora and exile. This installation coincides with the 80th anniversary of Bodenwieser’s exile from Europe and celebrates the possibility of a nearly lost avant-garde to remain. It builds on artistic research undertaken by Kampe and Brown between 2014 and 2017 (‘Releasing the Archive’, Auckland, Berlin, Hannover, Bath, Tel Aviv and Vienna) in collaboration with The New Zealand Dance Company and international scholars. The installation draws on video footage of choreographic work developed through the re-enacting of archival material of ex- Bodenwieser dancers Shona Dunlop-McTavish, Hillary Napier and Hilde Holger. The installation explores practices of displacement, doubling and fragmenting of recorded material to echo and honour the labour of lost modernist dancers and dances of exile. Thanks to Shona Dunlop-MacTavish, Shona McCullagh, Barbara Cuckson, Laure Guilbert, Neil Glen, Anthony Head, Kirsten Seeligmüller. The project was supported through Bath Spa University and University of Auckland. email@example.comJoin us!
It’s free To book, click here or just turn up on the night.
18.3018.30 ‘Beyond Forgetting 1938 -2018: persecution/exile/memory’
Public talk Newton Campus; Commons Building. Room 136
This event offers series of presentations and panel discussion on historical and contemporary migration and exile and performing arts cultures.
Invited speakers are: Marian Malet who will talk about the work of Bodenwieser dancer and designer Litz Pisk. Viennese artist Pisk was the leading pedagogue for Movement for Actors in the UK after WWII, and taught interdisciplinary arts practice at Corsham Court in the 1950’s. Writer-director Julia Pascal will talk about her work on The Holocaust Trilogy and refer to the play ‘Theresa’ which was based on the hidden histories of British collaboration with the Nazi authorities on the Island of Guernsey in deporting foreign Jews from the Channel Islands. Walking Artist and CoLA staff member Richard White will talk about his art practice working with holocaust survivor testimony that involved transposing the route of a death march to Somerset which in turn took him wayfaring through other silences and absences.
The event is supported through the ‘Creative Corporealities Research Group’ through CoLA public engagement funding.
The event is open to the general public. Join us! It’s free To book, click here
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A great article by Sian Sullivan, Professor of Environment and Culture @Bath Spa University and the BSU Environmental Humanites Research Centre on cryptocurrencies and environmental futures
by Sian Sullivan
Can new cryptocurrencies finance projects with positive environmental impacts, whilst unlocking ‘the $120 trillion natural capital market’? Mining cryptocurrencies through appealing to environmental concerns seems more consistent with speculative tendencies in an era of financialised neoliberalism, than attuned with practices of environmental care and equitable distribution of value.
Blockchained earth. Source: Front News International.
First there was Nature. Sometimes an Edenic garden, whose fruitfulness we live with in peace and reciprocity; sometimes a vast wilderness to be feared, tamed or worshiped. But always a lively mesh of entities, whose magnificent diversity is now threatened by a single biological species – Homo sapiens.
Then came Nature 2.0. A material world progressively understood, shared and commoditised in user-generated digital information cascading through multi-player communities inhabiting Web 2.0 – exemplified, perhaps, by the aptly named Second Life. In this technologically inscribed and consumed world…
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The Politics of Memory, by Marie-Claire Lavabre, Director of Research at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris.
Marie-Claire Lavabre is a well-known Professor of Sociology specialising in public memory and the politics of the past, who has authored books concerning political uses of the past in contemporary France (2017), Europe and its representations of the past (2008), the sociology of Communist memory (2004) and the social movement politics of 1968 (1998).
Professor Lavabre will be joined by Dr Alison Hems, Senior Lecturer in Heritage and Public History at Bath Spa University, who will act as discussant for Professor Lavabre’s talk. We will close with an open Q&A, followed by wine and nibbles.
This public keynote lecture is organised as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Care for the Future) and LABEX-PasP project Disrupted Histories, Recovered Pasts / Histories Perturbées, Passés Retrouvés, coordinated at Bath Spa University by Sian Sullivan, Professor of Environment and Culture.
Please register attendance at the lecture here.