The Environmental Humanities is a space for experimental, interdisciplinary, and engaged scholarship. At its core, the field is an effort to bring the insights and approaches of the humanities into conversation around some of the most pressing challenges of our day, from climate change and mass extinction, to urbanisation and extraction. It is a field grounded in the insistence that these ‘environmental’ challenges are also inherently social and cultural, and as such they require understandings and responses that take the complexity of human life as seriously as they do the complexity of ecological, geophysical, and climatic systems. In this way, work in the environmental humanities has sought to foreground human diversity—modes of meaning-making, of valuing, of exposure and vulnerability—to explore how we might move forward in ways that are not only sustainable, but also creative, inclusive, just, and genuinely life-enhancing.
Our collaborations and projects under this broad umbrella aim to work across disciplines, across universities, but also beyond the university entirely. At the heart of this effort is a desire to cultivate an environmental humanities that is deeply rooted in the insights and approaches of Indigenous, feminist, anti-racist, and multispecies scholarship, an approach that takes seriously both the immense challenges and the incredible possibilities of our current moment.
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