Conferences & Workshops

Upcoming Conference: 

The Future of the Environmental Humanities (Seattle, Oct 31 – Nov 3)

The Future of the Environmental Humanities includes two major lectures for public audiences. On Thursday, Oct. 31, at 6:30 pm, ecocriticism pioneer Lawrence Buell (American Literature, Harvard University), delivers a talk as part of the Walker Ames Lecture series. Titled “Environmental Imagination at the Crossroads,” the lecture opens the conference.

On Friday, Nov. 1, at 4:30 pm, noted scholar Ursula Heise (English, University of California, Los Angeles), speaks on the subject of environmental humanities, the Anthropocene, and posthumanism. Her talk takes place in Communications 120.

More information here.

Past Conference: GSA 2013

The Environmental Studies Network has 4 panels at this year’s GSA.

Here is the overview of the 4 panels and here is the link to the full program.

41. Environmental Studies Network (1): Nature Writing/Writing Nature: Methods

Moderator: Natalie Eppelsheimer (Middlebury College)
Commentator: Thomas Lekan (University of South Carolina)
– Nature as Practice: Food, Agriculture, Environment
Corinna Treitel (Washington University in St. Louis)
– Enjoyment as a Socio-Ecological Factor: Desire and Metabolism in the Production of Nature
Matthew Nash (Colorado State)
– The German Environmental Unconscious
Simon Richter (University of Pennsylvania)

133. Environmental Studies Network (2): Nature Writing/Writing Nature: Contexts

Moderator: Charlotte Melin (University of Minnesota)
Commentator: Katharina Gerstenberger (University of Utah)
– The Earth is a Medium: Theorizing the Anthropocene
Tobias Boes (University of Notre Dame)
– Aesthetic Aporias and the Limits of Landscape
Tove Holmes (McGill University)
– The Transatlantic Journey of German Forestry: Bernhard Fernow and Carl Schenck
Scott Moranda (SUNY Cortland)

251. Environmental Studies Network (3): Nature Writing/Writing Nature: Example I. Pests and Pollution

Moderator: Thomas Lekan (University of South Carolina)
Commentator: Sean Ireton (University of Missouri)
– Dirty Traffic
Heather Sullivan (Trinity University)
– Europe’s Dirty Regions: Unpleasant Landscapes in the Travel Reports of Austrian Writer Karl Markus Gauss
Gundolf Graml (Agnes Scott College)
– Frail Fantasies: Purity and Pollution in Texts by Hans Ertl, Luis Trenker, and Heinrich Harrer
Caroline Schaumann (Emory University)
– Toxic Discourse and the Documentary: Fatih Akin Films “Garbage in the Garden of Eden”
Sabine Wilke (University of Washington)

314. Environmental Studies Network (4): Nature Writing/Writing Nature: Example II. Bioethics—Biospheres

Moderator: Elizabeth Jones (Colorado State University)
Commentator: Heather Sullivan (Trinity University)
– “Decency,” “Anständigkeit” and Transcultural Diets in Karen Duve’s”Anständig essen. Ein Selbstversuch”
Natalie Eppelsheimer (Middlebury College)
– Enzensberger’s “Mausoleum” and the Threat of the Botanical
Charlotte Melin (University of Minnesota)
– The Unintended Consequences of Socialism: What Ultimately Protected Nature in the GDR
Astrid M. Eckert (Emory University)


1. Workshop:

“Transatlantic Dialogues on the Environment”

(University of Washington, September 28-29, 2012)

All details about the program, accommdations and transportation can be found here.

Download the program in pdf-format here: Conference Program Transatlantic Dialogues

Download the paper abstracts for the conference here: EH Conference Abstracts, UW 2012

2. Workshop:

“Tourismus – Kulturökologische und ökopoetische Perspektiven von Literatur, Kultur und Film”

(University of Tübingen, June 1-2 2013)

Das volle Programm mit allen Teilnehmern und Titeln ihrer Präsentationen finden Sie hier.

3. Workshop:

“Culture and the Anthropocene” – 2nd Conference of the EH-Network

(Munich, Rachel Carson Center & IBZ Munich, June 14-16 2013)

The RCC and the Humboldt Network collaborated on a conference that explores the cultural dimension of the Anthropocene, a concept that was coined over a decade ago by atmospheric scientists to indicate the geologic dimension of man’s impact on Earth.

You can download the full program here.


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