Studying Ecological Timing from an Environmental Humanities Point of View. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion

New OSEH Associate Professor II, Michelle Bastian, will discuss her current fellowship project which will build connections with phenology, the study of lifecycle timing in plants and animals, and humanities research.  

Several twigs with sprouting buds.

Photo: Anthony Ievlev, Unsplash.

Phenology is the study of recurring lifecycle stages in plants and animals. While relatively obscure it has been identified by the IPCC as a crucial way to anticipate the effects of climate change in ecosystems. This area has not yet been drawn into the humanities but has much potential to tell us about the role of time in adaptation to changing environments. In this talk Michelle will present some of the challenges this interdisciplinary bridge building work has open up.

About the speaker

Michelle Bastian is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Humanities at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh and an Associate Professor II at the University of Oslo. Her work crosses critical time studies and environmental humanities, with a focus on the role of time in human and more-than-human communities. She is Editor-in-Chief for Time & Society (SAGE) and a co-editor of a number of collections including, The Social Life of Time (Time & Society), Field Philosophy and Other Experiments (Parallax) and  Participatory Research in More-than-Human Worlds (Routledge). Michelle has recent publications in Environmental Humanities, GeoHumanities, and New Formations. Currently, Michelle is on a Mid-Career Fellowship supported by the Independent Social Research Fund, looking at the scientific study of lifecycle events (phenology) and how it could contribute to work in the environmental humanities.

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.

Tags: Environmental Humanities, OSEH, HF, Ecology
Published Jan. 14, 2022 3:31 PM - Last modified Apr. 21, 2022 11:00 AM