Sweet Waters Walks @Bath Fringe Festival; led by Richard White, BSU PhD candidate and Heritage Lecturer

Our PhD student Richard White is leading a number of interactive walks within the Bath Fringe Festival programme.

These are part of  the Sweet Waters project.

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Two of the events are:

June 10th:  Bath’s Last Legal Slave Owners  

A walk through the City centre stopping outside the addresses from which slave-owners claimed compensation for releasing the people they owned.
The walk ends at Beckfords Tower.

Details here

June 13th: Gathering a Virtual Cargo (1)

Sweet Waters: short and longer creative performative walks along the River Avon between Bath and Bristol sensing the legacies of slave-ownership. Wayfaring in obscured histories, reflecting on flow, cycle and memory; alert for sounds, voices, tears, sweat and blood suspended in the water.

From Keynsham to Bristol.

Details here 

See more about Sweet Waters, inc other walks here

PRIMORDIAL; Bath Fringe Festival Events; Water, ecology, geopoetics/politics. Curated By our PhD student Laura Denning; featuring artworks by Antony Lyons and others


This exhibition brings together eleven Artists whose work considers how humans and other species relate to water, often from an ecological and geopolitical perspective. All the work is presented digitally, with one-off performances stirring up the programme.

Curated by Laura Denning

Venue: FaB at Cleveland Pools, Hampton Row, BA2 6QS
Open 10am-6pm on 27/28/29 May, 4/5 and 9/10 June
and 10am-3pm on 11 June

See  details here

Below is a Flickr album of Owain’s pictures of the first event including  Et In Arcadia created by artist Antony Lyons


Click on image below to see the Flickr album

Primordial: Lyons; Denning Bath Fringe 2017

Reminder; talk tomorrow by visiting scholar Dolly Jørgensen Associate Professor, History of Environment and Technology Luleå University of Technology Sweden

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 o.jones@bathspa.ac.uk

BBC Radio discussion wih the great Wendell Berry, along with Paul Kingsnorth and Kate Raworth

This is very much worth a listen – not least to hear the great Wendell Berry!!

It all pretty agonising of course

The link will take you to BBC IPlayer

Start the Week  Wendell Berry: The Natural World BBC Radio 4

Programme notes

On Start the Week Andrew Marr talks to the American writer, poet and farmer Wendell Berry. In his latest collection of essays, The World-Ending Fire, Berry speaks out against the degradation of the earth and the violence and greed of unbridled consumerism, while evoking the awe he feels as he walks the land in his native Kentucky.

His challenge to the false call of progress and the American Dream is echoed in the writing of Paul Kingsnorth, whose book Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist eschews the grand narrative of a global green movement to focus on what matters – the small plot of land beneath his feet.

Kate Raworth calls herself a renegade economist and, like Berry and Kingsnorth, challenges orthodox thinking, as she points to new ways to understand the global economy which take into consideration human prosperity and ecological sustainability.

Deep Time Deep Waters Participatory Workshop Edinburgh 12-13 June

Via Michelle Bastian at EEHN 

Dear all,

Please find information below on an upcoming EEHN workshop funded by IASH. This is a small participatory workshop, where we’ll have collaborative sessions as well as a selection of short talks from attendees. Places are very limited, so do book early.

With best wishes,


Deep Time, Deep Waters

12-13th June, Edinburgh

Deep time is, perhaps, an awkward concept to apply to water. Water does not produce a layered and linear time as some elements of geology such as soil and rocks do. Indeed it has problematically been thought to lie ‘outside history’ (Rozwadowski). However as Astrida Neimanis argues “water asks us to think earthly archives…differently” (2014). Indeed water can offer more complicated ways of thinking through time. Waters can hold de-oxygenated zones, so-called dead zones, where time stands still, while other zones hold very lively ecologies. There are deep-time cycles in the ocean waters such as the thermohaline circulation that moves in 1000 years cycles and tells of long-term cause and effect. This workshop will ask what a focus on waters can contribute to critical time studies and issues of multispecies intergenerational justice and care. How do we encounter time through deep waters? How do narratives, practices and things related to water help us to understand human and more-than-human relations over time, particularly in these catastrophic times (Stengers)? Join literary scholars, historians, philosophers, archaeologists, marine scientists, theologians and more to explore how a multi-disciplinary approach might offer new ways to understand deep pasts and deep futures.



Please also book tickets for the workshop keynote by Helen M. Rozwadowski separately: https://oceantimehumantime.eventbrite.com

Dr Michelle Bastian

Chancellor’s Fellow, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture


Email: michelle.bastian@ed.ac.uk

Website: www.michellebastian.net

Latest publication: Participatory Research in More-than-human Worlds (2017, Routledge).

EarthArt #2 – Geological Memory with Milo Newman

EarthArt #2 – Geological Memory with Milo Newman (who is doing our MA in Env Hums!

Thurs May 4 18:00 – 20:00

School of Earth Sciences, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol BS8


 Covehithe, Suffolk, 2014 – Image Milo Newman

Professor Jon Blundy FRS, University of Bristol, invites you to the second of a series of biannual events to celebrate collaborations between artists and earth scientists.  Please join us for two short presentations on the theme of Geological Memory, followed by a reception to showcase the work of Bristol artist, Milo Newman.

18:00 Introduction by Jon Blundy – Reynolds Lecture Theatre, School of Earth Sciences

18:10 Geologic archives: the Earth’s Memory – Prof Laura Robinson – University of Bristol

18:30 Landscape as Memory – Milo Newman

18:50 Q&A

19:00 Drinks Reception – Earth Gallery, Foyer, Wills Memorial Building

Please mail  sue.amesbury(AT)bristol.ac.uk if you would like to attend

The Goose Call for Position Papers—Environmental Humanities in a Post-Truth World

Via Michelle Bastian on EEHN

The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada
Call for Position Papers

“The Environmental Humanities in a Post-Truth World”

Submission deadline May 31st, 2017

Submit papers to http://scholars.wlu.ca/thegoose/

It would seem that we live, at least partially, in the age of “alternative facts.” While the earth’s climate spirals out of control, the political climate vacillates between fact and fabrication. Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year for 2016, “post-truth,” captures the frightening belligerence towards reality that has become such a dominating force in much public discourse—a phenomenon that threatens the sustainability of democracies as well as ecosystems. Like climate systems, sociopolitical effects transport themselves across the globe in complex ways.

The absurd and frightening momentum of post-truth politics can be said to pose two forms of energy threat. The systematic denial of facts complicates the fraught transition away from oil, prolonging the damaging extraction and burning of fossil fuel energy—a crisis about which the newly emerging field of the energy humanities invites us to think critically. At the same time, the rejection of factuality can also drain the scholarly, artistic, social, and imaginative energies that are so necessary for our collective ecologically oriented labours.

Let us not grow fatigued.

One of the key roles of artists, scholars, and activists, each in their own ways, is to uncover truth—to hold reality up to the light so that it cannot be denied. The post-truth political climate clarifies the urgency of this work. We must challenge denialism, and we must do so publicly. Reaching wider audiences and engaging in truly public reality-based discourse should be a top priority for those whose concerns include ecological sustainability.

The responsibility to shed light on truth also comes with a twin responsibility to keep open the possibilities of hope. As Rebecca Solnit writes in Hope in the Dark, “wars will break out, the planet will heat up, species will die out, but how many, how hot, and what survives depends on whether we act. The future is dark, with a darkness as much of the womb as the grave” (42). Facing the dark ecological realities of climate change is no more possible if we are hopeless than if we are in denial.

How, then, can the environmental humanities respond with hope to a post-truth world? What role can poetry, art, ecocriticism, cultural studies, critical theory, and public intellectualism play in the era of Trump, Brexit, and climate denialism? With the aim of reimagining the present as womb rather than grave, we invite submissions of 1,000 word position papers for our August 2017 issue. Position papers can take the form of a brief essay, a creative work, a case study, or a hybrid or multimedia form.

Possible themes, questions, perspectives, and intersections include, but are by no means limited to the following:

  • The role of the environmental humanities in/as politics, resistance, provocations, protest, and refusal
  • The impossibility/possibility of ecological/sustainable futures
  • Artistic, literary, poetic, and/or musical environmental interventions
  • Postsecondary education and politics
  • Love and hate in post-truth worlds
  • Ecological science, communication, and persuasion
  • Technology, truth, and denialism
  • Aesthetics and environmental understanding
  • The risks and responsibilities of public intellectualism

For more thoughts on the Environmental Humanities in a Post-Truth World from The Goose, please see our editorial in Issue 15.2: http://scholars.wlu.ca/thegoose/vol15/iss2/28/