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Environmental Humanities Research Workshop

Faculty Coordinators: Carine Mardorossian (English) and Randy Schiff (English)

The Environmental Humanities Research Workshop (formerly known as the Ecocritical Studies Research Workshop), coordinated by Randy Schiff (English) and Carine Mardorossian (English) since its beginnings in Fall 2011, is an interdisciplinary initiative connecting faculty and graduate scholars who are working on intersections between ecology and various creative arts. Numerous academic fields have been energized by the recent turn towards interdisciplinary materialist analysis that has blurred the boundaries between the humanities and the hard sciences. Featuring a reading group that meets regularly to discuss landmark works related to ecocriticism, the EHRW cultivates a vibrant community of researchers focused on exploring a broad range of perspectives concerning ecosystems, nature and narrative, and environmental crisis. By attracting cutting-edge scholars to present original research, and by creating spaces for graduate students and faculty to present and discuss current work, the EHRW channels both external and internal resources into a sustained engagement with ecological issues.

Fall 2017

Friday, September 22, 10-11 am | 436 Clemens
Reading Group: Ursula Heise, Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Monday, October 23, 3:30 pm | 1032 Clemens
Lecture: Nick Mullins, “Coal, Climate, and Environmental Backlash”
Co-sponsored by the English Graduate Student Association

Friday, November 17, 10-11 am | 436 Clemens
Reading Group: Donella H. Meadows, Thinking in Systems. White River Junction: Cherlsea Green Publications, 2008.​

Spring 2017

March 15, 10-11 am | 1032 Clemens
Luke W. Cole and Sheila R. Foster, From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement (NYU Press, 2000)

April 26, 10-11 am | Clemens 1032
Allison Carruth, Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

April 24, 3:30 pm | Clemens 306
Co-Sponsorship with the Queer Studies Research Workshop
Lecture by Vin Nardizzi, “Vegetable Poems and Portraits in the Renaissance” (University of British Columbia, English)

Fall 2016

September 17, 1-2 pm | 538 Clemens
Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands and Bruce Erickson, eds. Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire (Indiana University Press, 2010)

October 27, 4 pm | 306 Clemens
Co-sponsorship of English Department JUXTAPOSITIONS LECTURE: Catriona Sandilands, York University, Sustainability and Culture

November 18, 1-2 pm | 538 Clemens
Jedediah Purdy, After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene (Harvard University Press, 2015)