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Example 2: Scholarship

In this video, Susie analyses the narratives being promoted by different stakeholder groups in regard to the health impacts of the herbicide glyphosate. Susie explains that art practice and other …

Mode 2: Narrating possible natures

In this video, Eben Kirksey explores ways of remaking nature in blasted landscapes through a multispecies approach. The video features a “recipe” for enlivening places that have been neglected and …

Liveliness of things

In this video, Stephen Muecke and Thom van Dooren discuss how a thing can be lively and why it’s important to talk about the agency of things in order to …

Example 4: Manifesto

In this step, Matthew introduces An Ecomodernist Manifesto — a statement penned by an influential group of environmental thinkers — as an example of a storytelling mechanism used to promote …

Anthropocene

The “Anthropocene” is a term popularised by Eugene Stoermer and the Nobel prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen. The term has been taken up to argue that we are now living …

Multispecies Communities

“All living beings emerge from and make their lives within multispecies communities.”[1] Multispecies studies encompasses approaches within the Environmental Humanities that encourage “passionate immersion” while researching, understanding and engaging with …

Speed bump

In this video, Stephen argues that a speed bump is “a technology that enforces a morality” — in this case, it enforces a value system or mode of conduct for …

What is anthropocentrism?

As you have just seen, people with more anthropocentric viewpoints tend to value nature as a resource to be exploited for human benefit. As Paul describes in this video, one …

Matters of concern

As a first approximation, we suggested that the Environmental Humanities can do what the sciences can’t do, what they leave to one side. If we assume that the work of …

Introduction to Environmental Humanities

After looking at the articles in the previous step, we hope it is starting to become clear why interdisciplinary approaches are necessary for responding to environmental concerns. In this video, …

Example 2: Environmental determinism

Environmental determinism, or the idea that the environment (including geography and climate) determines the character and attributes of cultural and ethnic groups, was historically used to justify Western colonisation. In …

Political ecology

Another sub-discipline of Environmental Humanities is Political Ecology. Political ecology typically emphasises how environmental change affects society in different ways due to power relations. It critiques the ways in which …

Example 3: Nature as wilderness—National parks

In this video, Thom van Dooren discusses the 19th-century idea of nature as a wilderness — a protected, romanticised area separate from and excluded from human activities. Thom explores how …

What is nature?

In this video, Thom van Dooren proposes that nature never really existed in the way that many of us understand it. He responds to a range of provocative questions: Why …