Although several hundreds of studies have been undertaken so far, no definitive answers have yet been found that convincingly explain the huge gap between the knowledge and awareness of environmental issues on the one hand and the radius of action on the other.

What are the reasons for this startling absence of answers? One reason might lie in the complexity of the subject. In order to get into the various aspects of the problem, one needs to exert oneself into various kinds of models: Political and economic models, psychological and ecophilosophical models, social marketing models to mention a few.

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Baum-Geschichten: 19 Mai 2017

Ein Spaziergang von Botanik zu Biographie Während eines Spaziergangs, der uns in der Stadt Zürich zu Bäumen aus verschiedenen Ländern führen wird, treffen wir auf Performances und Geschichten, die von Zürchern mit globalen Wurzeln veranstaltet und erzählt werden. In Zürich, einer kosmopolitischen Metropole, gedeihen hunderte von Baumarten. Einige Vertreter leben hier bereits seit Tausenden von Jahren, andere erst seit kurzer Zeit. Wir laden eine kleine Gruppe von Zürchern, die, wie die Bäume globale Wurzeln aufweisen, ein, einen Baum zu wählen, der ihr/ sein Herkunftsland repräsentiert. Was bedeutet es, hier in Zürich einem Baum aus dem eigenen Heimatland zu begegnen? Fühlt sich der Anblick angenehm an? Löst er Freude oder Heimweh aus? Oder beides? Führt der Anblick zu einer stärkeren Verwurzelung oder führt er zur Entfremdung? Das Projekt zielt darauf ab, die öffentliche Wahrnehmung der globalen Natur Zürichs zu schärfen und den Dialog zu Unterscheidungen wie einheimisch versus nicht einheimisch in der Natur anzuregen.... read more

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... read more

Environmental Humanities Fellowships available for PhD and Postdocs in Oslo, Norway

Description Three Doctoral or Postdoctoral Research Fellowships within the field of Environmental Humanities, connected to three ongoing research projects, are available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo. Environmental Humanities is a rapidly expanding research field where scholars approach the study of man-made geological and atmospheric changes from the perspective of the humanities. IKOS now seeks to recruit three Doctoral or Postdoctoral candidates with excellent research qualifications who will investigate issues related to climate change and other environmental challenges that confront the planet and its inhabitants from the perspective of one or several humanistic academic disciplines, for instance, but not limited to, literary science, culture studies, history, anthropology, media science, linguistics, religious studies, Middle East studies, China studies, or other area studies. Please click here for additional... read more


… by pushing things even further, one might argue that the lable “Environmental Humanities” is itself problematic: in my understanding of the term, it makes the environment relate primarily (if not exclusively) to a human / humanistic sphere; it almost suggests that the environment is, as it were, a function of man, rather than man a function of the enviroment.

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Shifting Grounds: Literature, Culture and Spatial Phenomenologies

This international conference responds to the recent return of phenomenological perspectives in literary and cultural criticism, and in the field of spatiality in particular. It aims to probe how a focus on sensory impressions and “the perspective of experience” (Yi-Fu Tuan) can enhance our understanding of literary and cultural spaces. Questions of space and place have always been at the heart of phenomenological enquiry. Phenomenology played an important role in the first half of the twentieth century when philosophers like Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Henri Bergson privileged the embodied self of perception and lived experience over the rational self of Western philosophy. Heidegger’s focus on dwelling and being-in-the-world and Merleau-Ponty’s interest in the attainment of subjectivity through embodied spatiality prepared the ground for works of literary and cultural analysis like Gaston Bachelard’s study of intimate spaces in The Poetics of Space. Phenomenology fell out of grace with the advent of cultural semiotics, post-structuralism and postmodern theory, which critiqued phenomenology for its perceived privileging of a unified subjectivity and for its apparent bracketing of the social and ideological dimensions of space (as theorized by critics like Yuri Lotman, Henri Lefebvre, Michel Foucault, Edward Soja and Fredric Jameson). But phenomenology soon returned with a difference: already in the eighties, groundbreaking works like Michel de Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life and Paul Carter’s The Road to Botany Bay foregrounded the spatial practices of individuals precisely as a way of challenging and complicating the hierarchically produced and power-laden spaces of modernity. More recently, phenomenological perspectives have had a remarkable revival in a number of disciplines and theoretical movements interested in the... read more

Biohacking or Ecohacking?

Biohacking or Ecohacking?
… Artists and Scientists Merging Together in one Evening
June 7th, 2016, 18.00 – 19.30
Salotto Café, Hardturmstrasse 169, CH-8005 Zurich.

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Überleben im Anthropozän – Surviving the Anthropocene: Einblicke in die Environmental Humanities — Video-Aufzeichnung/Podcast

Die Vorlesungen werden aufgezeichnet, sofern die Dozierenden damit einverstanden sind. Die Environmental Humanities: Wie verletzlich ist unsere Welt? Ringvorlesung «Überleben im Anthropozän» Prof. Dr. Christof Mauch Rachel Carson Center für Umwelt und Gesellschaft, München, 22.09.2016 18:09 Duration: 1:18:39 Streaming Desktop Mobile Film: «Home» (2009), Regie: Yann Arthus-Bertrand Ringvorlesung: «Überleben im Anthropozän» Moderation: Dr. Veronika Rall Universität Zürich, 29.09.2016 16:22 Duration: 1:30:22 Streaming Desktop Mobile The Anthropocene and its Politics of Knowledge: A View from the South Ringvorlesung: «Überleben im Anthropozän» Prof. Dr. Amita Baviskar, Institute Economic Growth, Delhi, India Universität Zürich, 06.10.2016 18:09 Duration: 38:59 Streaming Desktop Mobile Risikofaktor Mensch? Zum Lernen und Nicht-Lernen aus extremen Naturereignissen Ringvorlesung «Überleben im Anthropozän» Prof. Dr. Christian Rohr, Universität Bern Universität Zürich, 27.10.2016 18:09 Duration: 1:22:50 Streaming Desktop Mobile Landschaften neu denken: Von der ästhetischen Ideallandschaft zur nachhaltigen Alltagslandschaft Ringvorlesung «Überleben im Anthropozän» Prof. Dr. Norman Backhaus, Universität Zürich Universität Zürich, 03.11.2016 18:09 Duration: 1:29:25 Streaming Desktop Mobile Navigating the impact of settler colonial violence and the Anthropocene on human-fish relations Ringvorlesung «Überleben im Anthropozän» Zoe Todd, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada Universität Zürich, 10.11.2016 18:09 Duration: 1:29:46 Streaming Desktop Mobile The Anthropocene from off-centre Ringvorlesung «Überleben im Anthropozän» Prof. Dr. Libby Robin, Australian National University Universität Zürich, 17.11.2016 18:09 Duration: 1:20:55 Streaming Desktop Mobile Anthropogene Entwicklung Ringvorlesung «Überleben im Anthropozän» Prof. Dr. Hanna Kokko, Universität Zürich Universität Zürich, 24.11.2016 18:09 Duration: 56:26 Streaming Desktop Mobile «Fortschritt» im Anthropozän und die Rolle der Technik Ringvorlesung «Überleben im Anthropozän» Marcel Hänggi, Umweltjournalist und Buchautor, Zürich Universität Zürich, 01.12.2016 18:09 Duration: 1:18:15 Streaming Desktop Mobile Überlebensfragen und ihre Bedingungen von Gegenwart Ringvorlesung «Überleben im Anthropozän»... read more