There are series of Environmental Humanities and related events at Bath Spa University in the next few months – here is a list for your diaries
Friday April 28th 2017
Digital Ecologies and the Anthropocene One Day Symposium.
Media Convergence Research Centre, Commons (CM119)
Newton Park Campus
Bath Spa University
Newton St Loe
Bath BA2 9BN
09:30 – 18.00
Tickets cost: £ 15.00
PhD Researchers and students: £ 10.00
Tickets include lunch, coffee and wine reception.
BOOK TICKETS via Bath Spa Live
Wednesday May 3rd 2017
Professorial Lecture by Professor Mariele Neudecker – Hull ‘Another City of UK Culture’
Newton Campus; Commons G23/24; 6pm-8pm
Free. Book at Bath Spa Live here
Mariele Neudecker will talk about the exhibition “Offshore, Artists Explore the Sea” in the context of Hull being the current UK City of Culture. “Offshore” is an exhibition featuring 23 artists, curated by art and science organisation Invisible Dust. Mariele will speak with particular focus on her own new works made for this exhibition, which are currently held at the Ferens Art Gallery and the Hull Maritime Museum. She has been making work related to the deep oceans and the Arctic for some time, and will contextualize her ideas and other projects within the art/science context.
Mariele is on the supervision team of The Environmental Humanities PhD being undertaken by Laura Denning.
Monday May 8th 2017
Nature and Wellbeing Workshop, Bath Spa University
Newton Campus; 108 Commons
An interdisciplinary Nature and Wellbeing workshop 12.45pm – 16.15pm followed by a talk by Mya-Rose Craig, ‘Birdgirl’
The workshop will featuring academic speakers and representatives from environmental groups. Information about the event and key themes: Nature Wellbeing Workshop 8th May
12.45 Arrival and lunch.
13.00 Papers, workshops and discussions (timetable to be released soon)
16.30: Mya-Rose Craig’s talk
17.30 drinks reception and event end
This is part of this AHRC project “Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing Connecting Health and the Environment through Literature” headed by Sam Walton
Please email s.walton [at] bathspa.ac.uk for more details and to book a place.
Wednesday 10th May
Talk by visiting scholar Dolly Jørgensen
Associate Professor, History of Environment and Technology
Luleå University of Technology
Weds May 10; 5.30 – 6.30; Newton Campus; CM.133
This talk examines a pivotal effort to reintroduce the European beaver in Europe. The earliest successful beaver reintroduction project in Europe was bringing back the beaver to Sweden in 1922. Beavers had been extinct in the country for about 50 years when a group of people interested in both natural and cultural heritage conservation worked to bring them back. In those efforts to bring back the beaver, stories were told: stories from old men from the Jämtland region who recounted stories of the great beaver trappers and the slaying of the last beavers; stories of grandmothers whose grandmothers used medicine made from beavers; stories of how the beaver once lived and died on the land. The memories of the beaver, while the stuff of legend, were integral to the decision to reintroduce it.
Dolly Jørgensen is an environmental historian with broad research interests, ranging from medieval to modern history. Her research areas have included medieval forestry and agriculture, late medieval urban sanitation, offshore oil policy, animal reintroduction, and environmentalism in science fiction. Her current research project deals with animal reintroduction, rewilding, and deextinction, which can be previewed on her project blog “The Return of Native Nordic Fauna” . She has co-edited two volumes: New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies (2013) and Northscapes: History, Technology & the Making of Northern Environments (2013). She was a practicing environmental engineer before earning a PhD in history from the University of Virginia in 2008. She is currently Associate Professor of History at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, and from August 2017 will be Professor of History at University of Stavanger.
This is not a public lecture. If you intend to attend, or have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday May 11th 2017
Arts and Social Change Group meeting 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm; Newton Campus; CM.111
“The Arts and Social Change (ASC) Research Group brings together researchers across the College of Liberal Arts whose work engages with issues of social justice and the facilitation of social intervention and change through the arts.”
See here for more details of the group. Please email l.purcell-gates[at]bathspa.ac.uk if you are interested in the group / want to attend.
Bird Whale Bug: Why Make Music With Nature?
Wednesday 17 May 2017
11am – 1pm, public lecture
1pm – 1.50pm, lunchtime recital
Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University
Musician, composer and writer David Rothenberg has long been interested in the musicality of sounds made by inhabitants of the animal world. He has jammed live with lyrebirds, broadcast his clarinet underwater for humpback whales, and covered himself in thirteen-year cicadas to wail away inside a wash of white noise.
In this lecture and performance double-bill, Rothenberg presents a musical trajectory through several of his favorite species, revealing their distinct and evolved aesthetic senses in an attempt to show that music can reach across species lines, from human to animal, and back. Creatures whose musical worlds we will enter include the nightingale, humpback whale, three-humped treehopper, snowy tree cricket, seventeen-year cicada, white-crested laughing thrush, superb lyrebird, European marsh warbler, lesser water boatman and the mountain pine bark beetle.
He will discuss his current work playing music live with nightingales, which he is doing this May in southeastern England.
The Bath Spa Research Centre for Environmental Humanities presents:
‘Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities’
A Free Public Lecture by Professor Joni Adamson
In this lecture, Joni will range from the global to the local, across geographies, ecosystems, climates and weather regimes, moving from icy, melting Arctic landscapes to the bleaching Australian Great Barrier Reef, and from an urban pedagogical “laboratory” in Phoenix, Arizona to Vatican City in Rome. Joni will explore how Environmental Humanities projects and scholarship is showcasing the ways that humanists and social scientists are working to “integrate knowledges” from diverse cultures and ontologies and pilot new “constellations of practice” that are moving beyond traditional contemplative or reflective scholarly outcomes (the book, the essay). These innovative projects are affirming what Mike Hulme (2009) has observed: that framing complex environmental changes as “mega-problems” necessarily demands “mega-solutions,” and this perception “has led us down the wrong road”. These projects are illustrating how humanists and social scientists can work with local community-based alliances, not to find one solution but a range of evidence-based, reasoned, scaled, and culturally diverse responses “reflective of life in a plural world” (Castree et al. 2014).
Joni Adamson is Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Department of English and Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University where she directs the Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI). She lectures internationally and is the author and/or co-editor of many books that helped to establish and expand the environmental humanities, including Keywords for Environmental Studies (New York University Press, 2016) and Humanities for the Environment: Integrating Knowledge, Forging New Constellations of Practice (Routledge, 2016). She is a Convener of the North American Observatory of the Humanities for the Environment global network.