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) 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

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:

Call for contributions for a Dark Mountain special issue on ‘the sacred’ 

Via David Farrier on EEHN

Call for contributions for a Dark Mountain special issue on ‘the sacred’

Help us find the right voices for Issue 12.

Dark Mountain publishes two books: a spring anthology and an autumn special issue. This October, we’ll publish a special issue on the theme of ‘the sacred’ – and today we’re announcing a call for contributions.

You can read more about why we’ve chosen this theme, what we understand by it, and how the submissions process will work this time around, in a new post from Dougald Hine on the blog.

We’re looking for three things, in particular:

  • Proposals for longer pieces (probably non-fiction of one kind or another – essays, memoirs, reflections, interviews, dialogues – but we’re open to other suggestions) of 4000-6000 words that tell stories that touch on the experience of the sacred in a time of unravelling.
  • Fragments: short pieces of prose or verse that give a glimpse of ways of living and making sense of the world that call our contemporary assumptions into question. These could be original work, but we’re also particularly interested in translations of texts from other times and places.
  • Suggestions for people we should be contacting: to get as wide a range of voices as we are hoping for in this book, we will need to reach beyond the existing network of readers and writers around Dark Mountain, so we’re asking for your help to find the right contributors.

Read the blog post to get a fuller sense of what we’re looking for – and get in touch with your ideas. We look forward to hearing from you.

The editors of Dark Mountain: Issue 12

A diary of Env Humanities related upcoming events at BSU

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)
16.15 Break
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] 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

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] if you are interested in the group / want to attend.

Wednesday 17 May 2017
Two linked events

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

Free | Book at Bath Spa Live here

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.

Wednesday 24 May 2017

The Bath Spa Research Centre for Environmental Humanities presents:

‘Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities’

A Free Public Lecture by Professor Joni Adamson

Newton Campus; Stanton G01, 18:00 – 19:30
Free | Book at Bath Spa Live here

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.