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Energy Transitions Research at the University of Cambridge

Monday, 30 October, 2017 - 17:00 to 18:00
Event location: 
Seminar room 3 Magdalene College, Cripps Court

Speaker: Libby Robin, Australian National University
Mike Hulme, Professor of Human Geography, Cambridge, will provide comments
Convenor: Paul Warde

Organised by Joint Centre for History and Economics 


The task of reconceptualising planetary change for the human imagination calls on a wide range of disciplinary wisdom. The Environmental Humanities is not so much a new discipline or method, as a fresh combination of humanistic perspectives. Since the 1970s a range of humanities sub-fields, such as environmental philosophy, environmental history, ecocriticism, cultural geography and environmental anthropology have explored the relations between people and environments. Environmental humanities extend the idea of the human within the transdisciplinary mode of environmental studies. They also engage with the ethical and justice dimensions of environmental change, including climate change. Bishop Desmond Tutu has described climate change as the greatest human rights issue of our times. Environmental humanities projects often demand collaborations between researchers with many different backgrounds, including natural sciences, arts and creative practitioners beyond the academy, particularly in relation to increasing concerns about global warming and climate change in the 21st century. The talk will consider some of the projects that imagine planetary futures in new ways, deploying environmental humanities collaborations including museums and art practice. Paying attention to the history of environmental changes over time can help explore changing power relations between ‘experts’ and local communities, and map the ways different disciplines and institutions speak for the future.

Contact name: 
Prof Paul Warde