Seeing the Environment through the Humanities

A New Window on Grand Societal Challenges

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Environmental Humanities Switzerland.

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Environmental Humanities

Environmental Humanities is a new interdisciplinary research field that explores environmental issues through the methods and insights of the humanities.
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Global Warming

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Environmental History as if the Future Mattered: Writing the History and the Future of the Anthropocene

Wednesday 03 October 2018, 08:30 – Thursday 04 October 2018, 18:30 Auditorium Ivan PictetMaison de la paix, Geneva How does Environmental History help us understand the past, expand how we explain the present, and what might it tell us about the future? Environmental history deploys the insights from the “natural archive” – climate change, volcanism, biotic shifts and human transformations of the planet for understanding events and insight into processes described in human archives. Did drought trigger the Arab Spring? Did poor harvests animate the French Revolution? From uprisings to erosion of empires, environmental changes are increasingly used as elements and amplifiers in historical explanation. The 2018 Pierre du Bois Annual Conference brings together distinguished scholars from international history, archeology, historical ecology, anthropology, paleoclimatology, literature, geography to explore what past dynamics and the roots of present processes might tell us about the future. Click here to learn more and to register for this... read more

Design and Climate Change – Presentations and Exhibition on Friday, 20th April at ZHdK

After three weeks of intense work and research around climate change in Switzerland, students will present their projects on Friday 20th (from 2 to 5 pm). Please join us in enjoying their presentations and exhibitions!           What:   Design and Climate Change in Switzerland                Project Presentations and Exhibition When:  Friday, April 20th Where: ZHdK Toni-Areal                 from 2 to 5 pm, Room 5.K12... read more

ZHdK Design Symposium 2018: Hot Hot Hot! Climate Change in Switzerland

Seit 1850 ist hierzulande die Jahresdurchschnittstemperatur bereits um 1.8 Grad angestiegen (im Vergleich zu 0.85 Grad im globalen Mittel). Die Jahreszeiten verändern sich, mit schwerwiegende Folgen für Wasserhaushalt und Landschaftsbild. Gletscherschwund, häufige Steinschlag, Felsstürze, und eine sich verändernde Vegetation sind in Bergregionen bereits zur Realität geworden. Doch auch das Mittelland ist betroffen. Starkniederschläge, Hitzeperioden und Wasserknappheit sind Themen, mit denen sich die Bevölkerung künftig auseinandersetzen muss.

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‘Environmental Humanities’ (EH, Umwelt-Geisteswissenschaften / Sciences humaines de l’environnement / Scienze umane dell’ambiente) is a new interdisciplinary research field that explores environmental issues through the methods and insights of the humanities.  Historic, social, philosophical, and cultural insights offer fresh perspectives for addressing and understanding complex environmental problems.  This rapidly growing research field aims to identify effective, sustainable, and equitable ways of living within the earth’s natural limits.  Such areas as history, human geography, philosophy, ethics, literature and arts, ethnobotany, and law provide important venues for understanding environmental issues, but combining synergistic and novel insights of these fields in new ways is the promise of environmental humanities.  Natural sciences are also integral to environmental humanities, though not as ways to define environmental problems but as partners for enriching their humanistic understanding.

“The enormous scope and complexity of today’s environmental problems require knowledge derived from the natural and social sciences as well as the humanities”

Philippe Forêt

Co-Director SAGUF EH-CH, Researcher (associate), EBES, University of Zurich

Environmental Humanities

“The EH Working Group aims to join researchers from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences from several Swiss universities working on both sides of the Röstigraben”

Christoph Kueffer

Co-director SAGUF EH-CH, ETH Zurich