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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

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

Die Vorlesungen werden aufgezeichnet, sofern die Dozierenden damit einverstanden sind. Nike Air Max 90 Femme Noir Et Rose Die Environmental Humanities: Wie verletzlich ist unsere Welt? Ringvorlesung «Überleben im Anthropozän» Prof. UGG Chaussons 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. AIR MAX LD-ZERO 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. Jordan 11 Pre-School Dr. air max 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. nike air max 90 vs 1 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. Allen Iverson Jerseys 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... read more

Überleben im Anthropozän – Surviving the Anthropocene: Einblicke in die Environmental Humanities — 10 November – 15 Dezember 2016

This series of lectures will take place every Thursday in Zürich, Switzerland from 10 November – 15 December 2016, at UZH, room KO2 F 180. You can stream recordings of the lectures from UZH to your personal device here. Überblick: Wir leben in einem neuen geologischen Zeitalter: dem vom Menschen geprägten Anthropozän. Nike Free Rn Flyknit Homme Die Naturwissenschaften haben ein immer genaueres und umfangreicheres Wissen zu den problematischen Folgen der allgegenwärtigen menschlichen Naturnutzung erarbeitet. onitsuka tiger mexico Aber stellen sie auch das nötige Wissen zur Verfügung, um die Gesellschaft innert weniger Jahrzehnte von einer nicht-nachhaltigen in eine zukunftsfähige umzubauen? Gewiss, neue Technologien werden Ressourcenverbrauch und –bereitstellung verbessern. Aber technologische Lösungen werden nicht ausreichen. Femmes Air Jordan 7 Es braucht soziale und kulturelle Visionen und Utopien einer neuen Gesellschaft. Nike Free Run femme Die Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaften stellen sich zunehmend der Herausforderung der Umweltprobleme des 21 Jahrhunderts. adidas zx flux femme Insbesondere suchen die Environmental Humanities als international schnell wachsendes, interdisziplinäres Forschungsfeld neue Schnittstellen mit den Natur- und Ingenieurwissenschaften. Nike Air Max 2016 Heren groen In dieser Ringvorlesung fragen wir Wissenschaftler sehr unterschiedlicher Disziplinen – aus den Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaften, der Kunst, und den Naturwissenschaften – wie sie sich eine grosse Transformation der Gesellschaft vorstellen und welche Beiträge ihre Forschung dazu leisten kann. Nike Air Zoom Elite 9 Wir beginnen mit einer Einführung zu den Environmental Humanities als neue Forschungsperspektive, welche eine Kultur des Überlebens im Anthropozän fordert und fördert. Nike Air Max 1 Zum Beispiel fragen wir uns, was die Menschheit von der Vergangenheit lernen kann. Nike Air Jordan 4.5 Womens Wir beleuchten die Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte kritisch... read more

Scenarios of Collapse: Climate Change Denial and the Responsibility of Science — 13 January 2017

As a postscript to our “Surviving the Anthropocene” Fall lecture series here at the University of Zurich, we are pleased to announce that Naomi Oreskes, air max pas cher pour homme Nicolas Gruber, and Christoph Kueffer will be addressing Scenarios of Collapse: Climate Change Denial and the Responsibility of Science. Nike Pas Cher Our aim is to explore these subjects from the perspective of history, NIKE LUNARGLIDE 8 science, air max jordan damskie and society. Naomi Oreskes is an Historian of Science at Harvard, Femmes Air Jordan 3.5 and author of Merchants of Doubt, which was the inspiration for the film of the same name. Nicolas Gruber is an Environmental Physicist at ETH, Air Max 2017 Nero Donna specializing in the global carbon cycle and coauthor of Ocean Biogeochemical Dynamics. Christoph Kueffer is an ecologist and environmental humanist at the University of Applied Sciences Eastern Switzerland, NIKE FREE 5.0 and Privat Dozent at ETH, nike roshe run mesh with numerous publications and collaborations with humanists and artists.  We are grateful to Karim Bschir at Branco Weiss Society in Society together with Environmental Humanities Switzerland for helping organize this event. 2015 new balance 530 As seating will be... read more
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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