Applying the Environmental Humanities

Environmental Humanities Switzerland has produced a new report funded by the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS) that reviews methodological innovation in the Environmental Humanities based on an expert survey. It  discusses in particular strategies employed by the Environmental Humanities to contribute to the solving of major environmental problems. Please click here to view the full...
Weltuntergang – Ende ohne Ende (Sonderausstellung)

Weltuntergang – Ende ohne Ende (Sonderausstellung)

Naturhistorisches Museum der Burgergemeinde Bern 10. November 2017 – 10. November 2022 In sieben thematischen Räumen schlägt die Ausstellung «Weltuntergang – Ende ohne Ende» einen weiten Bogen – von sachlicher Analyse über Prophezeiungen und Spekulationen bis zu offener Lust am Untergang. Harte Wechsel und fliessende Übergänge vermitteln in einem komplexen, immer wieder auch bewusst roh gehaltenen Raumgefüge das Gefühl einer einzigen Erzählung, die jedoch immer wieder neu ansetzt und unterschiedliche Diskurse teils verknüpft, teils miteinander...
Tree Stories

Tree Stories

Juanita Schläpfer-Miller, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center Christoph Kueffer, HSR Rapperswil & ETH Zurich Recent hurricanes in the United States were not only physical events but also storms of information. Some may have hoped that they would help to changing how people and politicians think about climate change; probably they didn’t. At least not immediately. This is typical of many environmental problems. There is a vast amount of scientific data, but it remains difficult to form a consensus and see how action can spring from all the information. This is because information is often incomplete, difficult to understand, abstract or even contradictory. In recent years scientists have started to collaborate more intensively with humanities scholars and artists to develop new ways of synthesizing and visualizing scientific information in ways that are more tangible to the public. One such strategy is to tell stories. Storytelling engages people with an environmental issue through dialogue, for example the recent Tree Stories storytelling journey through Zürich organized by the group Environmental Humanities Switzerland in May 2017.   The future of urban trees Trees in a city such as Zurich have become a contested topic. They disappear where urban densification competes for their space, yet people love them and fight for them. They are increasingly also seen as a magic bullet against the negative effects of a warming climate in the already hot and dry heat islands of cities. But even if we agree to have lots of trees in Zurich, things don’t get easier. Some want native trees to support native biodiversity, while others argue that only alien trees introduced from elsewhere can survive,...
Leopard Ecology & Conservation Symposium

Leopard Ecology & Conservation Symposium

We are delighted to invite you to a very interesting public lecture on leopards and lions. Monika Schiess and her team of Leopard Ecology & Conservation along with Prof. Dr. David Macdonald, Prof. Dr. Craig Packer and Dr. Michael Flyman will be there to talk to you on Wednesday 28 June, 2017. We also recommend participating in an informal lunchtime discussion (with free coffee and cake) on Conservation and Research in Botswana that following Friday. Take this opportunity to listen to these experts, and save the dates to attend the two events! We look forward to seeing you...