WEBINAR: Researching Environmental Humanities in Venice. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion.

How do different universities engage with the question of what "environmental humanities" should entail? Five fellows in environmental humanities at Ca' Foscari University in Venice offer their perspectives on their methods and topics.

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This introduction to the Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice will highlight topics and methods epitomised by the University’s groundbreaking postgraduate degree in environmental humanities. As part of the first institute dedicated to this approach in Italy, scholars and creative practitioners from varied backgrounds are pooling their energies to contend with the climate crisis facing our planet. Indeed, a distinctive mix of critical debates and public engagement is helping to bring out the benefits of the humanities and social sciences in a Venetian context, especially in relation to perspectives on water. Along these lines, the Center is developing bespoke strategies for fostering environmental knowledge among diverse groups who have a key role to play in confronting the rising tide of challenges posed by the Anthropocene.

About the speakers

Heather Contant, post-doc fellow at the Venice Center, explores the collectivist tendencies of media arts through her research, teaching, and creative endeavors.

Ifor Duncan, post-doc fellow at the Venice Center, is a writer and inter-disciplinary researcher whose research concerns the relationships between political violence and watery spaces and materialities.

Daniel Finch-Race, post-doc fellow at the Venice Center, researches creative representations of environmental change in French and Italian culture since the mid-1800s. 

Sasha Gora, post-doc fellow at the Venice Center, is a cultural historian and writer with a focus on food studies and contemporary art.

Emiliano Guaraldo, post-doc fellow at the Venice Center, researches the visual culture of the Anthropocene, with a particular interest in the relationship between contemporary art and the production of technical and scientific images.

About the event series

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome.

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Published Dec. 7, 2020 12:59 PM - Last modified Feb. 9, 2021 2:40 PM