Green Letters Special edition on the Environmental Humanities, including article by BSU Env Hums Director Kate Rigby

Green Letters 2019; Vol 23; Issue 1.


Editorial: Graham Huggan

Article: Weaving the environmental humanities: Australian strands, configurations, and provocations: Catherine Rigby

Article: How can scholarly work be meaningful in an era of lost causes?: Kelly Sultzbach

Article: An excursion in the environmental humanities: some thoughts on fieldwork, collaboration, and disciplinary identity following a day trip to the Island of Lundy: Adrian Howkins, Marianna Dudley, Peter Coates, Tamsin Badcoe, Sage Brice, Andy Flack, Daniel Haines, Paul Merchant, Laurence Publicover, Richard Stone & Alice Would

Article: Dependence on the whale: multispecies entanglements and ecosystem services in science fiction: Dolly Jørgensen

Article: Doing environmental humanities: inter/transdisciplinary research through an underwater 360° video poem: Jesse D. Peterson

Article: Bin ich ein Berliner? Graffiti as layered public archive and socio-ecological methodology: Daniele Valisena & Roger Norum

Book Reviews

The environmental humanities. A critical introduction: Roman Bartosch

Environmental humanities: voices from the Anthropocene: A. G. Tait

The Routledge companion to the environmental humanities: A G Tait

The great derangement: climate change and the unthinkable: Veronica Fibisan

Zombiescapes and Phantom Zones: ecocriticism and the liminal from invisible man to the walking dead: Lucy Bell

Arts of living on a damaged planet: ghosts and monsters: Holly Parker

Landscapes of eternal return: Tennyson to Hardy: Sue Edney

French ecocriticism: from the early modern period to the twenty-first century: Axel Goodbody

The full details and links are here

BSU staff and students should be able to access all via Shibboleth.

BSU EHRC scholar  Sam Walton, Reader in Modern Literature,  is co-editor of Green Letters


2nd Call for Films Annals of Crosscuts 2019 “Ruptured Times”

This is the 2nd call for Annals of Crosscuts—a new peer-reviewed publication format for film-based research. Deadline for submissions is 22 May 2019.

The Annals of Crosscuts supports the use of film and cinema as integral practices in the critical environmental humanities. We invite filmmakers in the arts, sciences and humanities that experiment with film as a complement and/or challenge to text-based research. The aim is to contribute to emerging and new forms of transmodal scholarship.

“RUPTURED TIMES”, this year´s theme, are interstitial spaces where the past is not anymore but the future is still to come. Indeed, these are ruptured times. While globalization promises to unify the world, thousands of fractures open up space and time. New political ambitions fragment the globe and bring us back to times when nationalism reigned. Climate change ruptures the familiar flow of time with chronologies of the past and projections of the future. Civic groups also rupture time and interrupt the usual sequence of events (think of the Standing Rock Camp in the US or ende gelände in Germany).

Crosscuts2019 is dedicated to exploring these ruptured times broadly and carefully through film, text and discussion.

Full info on PDF here

AnnalsCrosscuts19 2nd call for films


The Mapping of Jan Mayen by Milo Newman, 6-7pm, 24th April, Wills Memorial Building, Bristol University (and future events)

‘The Mapping of Jan Mayen’ is a bookwork by Milo Newman produced from research undertaken in the collections of the University of Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences during an EarthArt Fellowship.

This book was Milo’s Creative Project for the MA in Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa Univertsity.

The Mapping of Jan Mayen by Milo Newman, 6-7pm, 24th April, Wills Memorial Building

Across April, May and June, the artist will lead three informal evening events based around this work. These events will include readings and a chance to explore both the contents and the context of the work in the physical environs of the geological collections storeroom.

Reinterpreting an archive of scientific papers, maps , photographs and rock samples found by the artist amongst the collections, ‘The Mapping of Jan Mayen’ interweaves episodes of memory, materiality, science, history and geography, to tell the story of a 1938 surveying expedition to the Arctic island of Jan Mayen made by Donald Ashby, a young geologist  and staff member of the University of Bristol.

Milo Newman is an artist working with photography, sound recordings and written texts. His work is landscape-based and explores environmental narratives through an examination of landscape histories, memory and place.

Wednesday 22nd May, 6-7pm

Saturday 8th June 2019, 11.30am – 12.30pm

Copies of The Mapping of Jan Mayen will be available to purchase on the night for £15 in cash.

The event is free but please follow this link to reserve your ticket as space is limited:

“Delve into the world of young Donald Ashby, who set out on a geological expedition to the Arctic island of Jan Mayen in 1938.”



Public Lecture hosted by BSU RCEH; ACI: Animals as co-designers of Multispecies Technologically Supported Ecosystems; By Clara Mancini, founder of the Open University’s Animal–Computer Interaction Lab; Weds 10th April, Commons Newton Campus

ACI: Animals as co-designers of Multispecies Technologically Supported Ecosystems

By Clara Mancini, Open Univeristy 

Wednesday 10th April 2019, 6.00pm-8.00pm (drinks to follow).

Commons G24, Bath Spa University, Newton Saint Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN 

From laboratories to open fields, from farms to cities, animals have interacted with technology for nearly a century, usually as cogs within scientific and economic production apparatuses. The emerging field of Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) aims to change the focus of animal-machine interactions by recognizing animals as primary stakeholders, users and co-designers in these interactions, and by placing them at the centre of the design process. Introducing some of the projects that Clara’s colleagues and she have been working on at The Open University’s Animal-Computer Interaction Laboratory (ACI Lab), Clara will discuss the need for and the benefits of such a shift, as well as the design, methodological and ethical implications of animal-centred design. Throughout her presentation, Clara will endeavor to demonstrate ACI’s potential to reconfigure human-animal relations towards the development of more sustainable ecosystems.

Dr Clara Mancini is a Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design at The Open University’s School of Computing and Communications. She is the founder and head of The Open University’s Animal–Computer Interaction Lab, has been principal investigator on a number of ACI projects and has supervised a range of ACI doctoral research, including ubiquitous and ambient interfaces for mobility assistance and medical detection dogs, interactive enrichment for captive elephants, and wearable animal biotelemetry. Her work has been published in the leading interaction design and ubiquitous computing venues, and she has lectured on ACI nationally and internationally. Clara was general chair for the ACI 2016 and ACI 2017 conferences, in co-operation with the Association for Computing Machinery and Minding Animals International, and in 2017 she was lead guest editor for the first ACI Special Issue, in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. Clara is interested in the design, methodological and ethical challenges, and innovation opportunities, presented by ACI, and is committed to demonstrating ACI’s potential to contribute to animal and human wellbeing, social inclusion, interspecies cooperation and environmental restoration.

ACI: Animals as co-designers of Multispecies Technologically Supported Ecosystems

Letters to the Earth. A Cultural Response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency. Call for submissions and participation

A Cultural Response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency

An open call for submissions to be presented in April 2019

as part of Culture Declares Emergency


We are facing an unprecedented global emergency, the planet is in crisis and we are in the midst of a mass extinction event. Scientists believe we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. Carbon emissions and temperatures keep rising; ecological collapse has begun. On this course we are likely to see abrupt and irreversible devastation. The time for denial is over – we know the truth about climate change. It is time to act.

This is an invitation to write a letter of response to this crisis. This could be a letter to or from the Earth, future or past generations, those who hold positions of power and influence, other species. The idea is open to interpretation: it can come from a personal place, be dramatic in form, be a call to action. The invitation is open to all – to think beyond the human narrative and to bear witness to the scale and horror of this crisis. This is an opportunity to ask how this existential threat affects the way we wish to live our lives and the action we take.

All submitted letters will be released for presentation on one day of joint action on Friday 12th April across theatres, arts venues and community spaces nationwide. Participating venues include The Royal Court Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Arcola Theatre. The pieces will then be made rights free and available for anyone to download and present anywhere in the world from 15th – 28th April, coinciding with the International Extinction Rebellion and School Strike For Climate. These pieces could be taken up to be presented and performed globally, when hundreds of thousands of people will be taking to the streets worldwide to demand that governments tell the truth about climate collapse and act accordingly.

See all details, inc. how to submit and take part,  here

Extinction Rebellion talk at BSU and Global Youth Climate Strike action  in Bath on Friday 15th March.

Extinction Rebellion Bath gave a talk to students and staff on Monday night – organised by the student group Eco Society.


Here are some pics
They announced the Global Youth Climate Strike action  in Bath on Friday 15th March. Here is more info on that circulated by email by
Annabelle Caley <></>
Dear Colleague,

We are encouraging ALL students and staff to join us tomorrow 11-1pm outside the Guild Hall at the Global Climate Strike!

This is an incredibly important issue facing us as the current generation of humans, future generations and all other species!

To find out more about why this is such an essential campaign please watch this video by Greta Thunberg:

Please Share far and wide with your friends, family and students!

For more information please see this Facebook event!
I am also making banners from recycled cardboard in the Commons Atrium 12-3pm today if you would like to make one for yourself or someone else!
I hope to see you there,

Annabelle Caley
Vice President Education

BSU Env Hums Public Lecture tomorrow at 6 pm. The Common Line presented by Professor John Wylie Wednesday 13th March 2019; 18:00 – 20:00 Bath Spa University, Newton Park, BA2 9BN (NP.CM.G24)

The Common Line presented by Professor John Wylie

Wednesday 13th March 2019; 18:00 – 20:00

Bath Spa University, Newton Park, BA2 9BN (NP.CM.G24)

Drinks, nibbles and chat after lecture

Free to attend  but you can book here on Bath Spa Live

The Common Line is the longest possible straight line that can be traced across mainland Britain, without crossing any tidal waters. It can be viewed at The Line was originally envisioned by Exeter-based artist Volkhardt Muller, and Professor John Wylie is one of a current team of artists, geographers and creative technologists convened to investigate and intervene in the Line, and the myriad landscapes and communities it intersects. The ultimate, utopian ambition is to realise The Common Line, physically and digitally, as a line of trees, planted and sustained at 20-metre intervals across the entire length of Britain.  In this presentation, Prof Wylie will firstly discuss the genesis and determination of The Common Line. From the outset, this has been a project geared towards public audiences and participation. He says this is clearly imperative if plantation and stewardship of The Common Line is to be realised. Work-to-date has focused upon designing a digital-material experience for public users – ultimately, a smartphone-based app through which users can discover the Line, orient and align with it, and engage in digital plantation via augmented reality tools for anchoring digital trees within landscapes. As they have developed this experience and worked with a variety of participants in differing locales, they have also encountered many questions and, at times, antagonisms. As Muller notes, we arrive as strangers with an idea, hopeful that others will see value and merit in this idea. Prof Wylie will discuss these issues also in the context of framing and understanding the Line.
The second element of the presentation will be more reflective, scoping out from the specifics of their work on The Common Line. What might The Common Line mean as an act of landscaping? And in what ways is this Line in ‘common’? The image of the straight, geometrical, undeviating line sits at odds, it can be argued, with the ontologies and approaches of much current landscape theory, in which landscape is characterised as embodied, affective and performative lifeworld – as an entanglement of lifelines by no means straight. In a more explicitly political register, how might The Common Line align with or cut across the nexus of landscape, belonging and identity? In this context he will discuss how The Common Line may actually work so as to produce deviation, dislocation and decolonial imaginaries of Britain.

Professor Wylie researches and teaches the cultural geographies of landscape. His work focuses on the affective and imaginative dimensions of landscape, exploring topics such as haunting, sensing, moving, remembering, picturing and writing. In recent years he has collaborated with creative practitioners, including visual artists and performers, in AHRC and Leverhulme Trust-funded projects investigating the aesthetics and politics of contemporary landscape experiences. He is Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter, and one of the editors of cultural geographies (Sage Journals).