Humanities for the Anthropocene

CACSSS, in association with the Irish Humanities Alliance (Environmental Humanities Working Group), is delighted to announce 'Humanities for the Anthropocene'. This one-day research snapshot and networking event will take place virtually on 7 May 2021.  

Humanities for the Anthropocene will bring together scholars from across Ireland working in environmental humanities and ecocriticism. The rapidly destabilising ecological context demands new ways of conceiving humanities research. The paradigm of the hypermobile global researcher might be usefully queried and supplemented by an intensified focus on local, regional and national networks and initiatives. To this end, we are seeking to strengthen connections between researchers across the arts and humanities disciplines at all HEIs on the island of Ireland whose research is concerned with the human and cultural dimensions of climate change, environmental destruction, biodiversity loss, and the wider issues associated with the Anthropocene. In a fluid dialogue day structured by brief research snapshot presentations, we aim to share new critical perspectives and methodologies; incubate new research partnerships; develop effective outreach, engagement and activism strategies; and initiate discussions on implications for pedagogy. 

The Humanities for the Anthropocene initiative sees itself as part of the wider global effort to 1) bring the critical and creative energies of humanities research to bear on the pressing contemporary concerns of climate change, biodiversity loss and ecological degradation; 2) explore the extent to which environmental / climate crisis is also a crisis of values, ideologies, and symbolic systems; and 3) foster new and daring rethinks of the ‘local/global’ nexus. Expressions of interest, together with a brief bio (100 words) and a short statement (150 words) outlining your research as relevant to the event theme, are invited by 11 December 2020. Contact:  Prof. Caitríona Ní Dhúill (German, UCC)


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