📅 Datum der Konferenz: Montag, 09.09.2024 - Mittwoch, 11.09.2024
📅 Date of the conference: Monday, 09.09.2024 - Wednesday, 11.09.2024

🗓️ Frist für das Einreichen von Artikeln: Montag, 01.04.2024
🗓️ Deadline of the call for papers: Monday, 01.04.2024

📍 Ort: Universität Zürich (UZH)
📍 Location: University of Zurich (UZH)
︎ September 09-11, 2024

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Landscapes in Language, Society and Cognition

The conference on interdisciplinary perspectives on landscapes in language, society and cognition ( ILANSCO) adressses the following research questions:

  • How do people from diverse backgrounds think, talk about and interact with landscapes? 
  • In what ways does linguistic structure influence and/or reflect conceptualisations of landscapes? (relativist vs. universalist perspective) 
  • How do societal dynamics (e.g. migration) affect the way in which people relate to landscapes?  
  • What role do political and ideological attitudes play in landscape conceptualisations? 
  • What are possible implications for sustainable landscape management?

The event organizers are happy to receive abstracts and visitors from the environmental humanities. The call for papers will be open until April 1st.

︎ Further Information about the event and the call for papers here

︎ July 31, 2024 (call for proposals) | November 01, 2024 (decision deadline)

Emerging Scholars Competition in Environmental Humanities – Win a Gold Open Access contract for your book

The academic publisher Peter Lang offers an unparalleled opportunity for emerging scholars to win a Gold Open Access contract for their book. They welcome proposals on the following topics from a humanities or social sciences perspective:

  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental education
  • Animal rights
  • Climate change
  • Sustainability
  • History of the environment
  • Plants and animals
  • Society and the environment
  • Indigenous knowledge and the environment
  • The wilderness

To take part in the competition, you should submit your proposal by 31 July 2024. The decision will be made by 1 November 2024.

For more information or to submit your proposal, contact or visit their website:

︎ May 23-24, 2024

Finance and its Environments: New Approaches to Capital

This conference asks 3 critical questions that emerge from our current moment when reconciling the challenges coming out of climate crisis with forms of economic growth at the national and international scale pose a contradiction:
  • How is the climate crisis itself shaping the emergence of new financial instruments and in what ways does this follow the evolution of the political economy of financial forms from the nineteenth century?
  • How does the increasing financialization of nature cast new light on older questions on natural resource frontiers, agrarian life worlds, environmental risk, climate hazard, science and technology
  • How can an explicitly interdisciplinary approach broaden how we understand “environment” as a field of social negotiations and structural dynamics between global cores and peripheries even as these are being re-made in our current context?
Visit this conference at the University of Zurich KOL-G-212 (2nd Floor) at Rämistrasse 71. The event takes time on the 23th of May, 08:30 until 16:30 and 24th of May, 08:30 ending with an apéro at 18:00.

︎ Further Information about the event here

︎ Registration for access to papers here (registration must happen before May 1st)

︎ May 14, 2024

Public online lecture with Rutgerd Boelens: Rivers, Territories and Power. Water Justice Movements and Counter-mapping to Bridge River Struggles

The faculty of Italian Culture and Society at UNISG is pleased to announce a public guest lecture with Rutgerd Boelens. The event is part of the public activities of the Political Ecologies Network at the University of St. Gallen. Everyone interested is warmly invited to join.

Maan Barua "Rivers, Territories and Power. Water Justice Movements and Counter-mapping to Bridge River Struggles" on May 14th, 12:15 pm CEST.

︎ More information here and registration here

︎ April 12, 2024

Exploring Approaches that lead to Transformation and Sustainability

Visit this Café session open to all online via Zoom on Friday, April 12, 2024 on 14:00 o’clock.

Contact for further questions here

Datum der Vorlesung: Samstag, 06.04.2024
📅 Date of the lecture: Saturday, 06.04.2024

💬Sprache: Englisch
💬Language: English

💵 Kosten:
Eintritt mit Apéro und Abendessen: CHF 120
Mit zusätzlicher Übernachtung: CHF 180
💵 Cost:

Admission with aperitif and dinner: CHF 120
With additional overnight stay: CHF 180

📍 Ort: Hotel Hammer, Würzenrain 11, 6013 Eigenthal
📍 Location: Hotel Hammer, Würzenrain 11, 6013 Eigenthal

🚌 Mögliche Anreise: öV via PostAuto Nr. 71 von Luzern
🚌 Possible arrival: Public transport via PostBus No. 71 from Lucerne
︎ April 06, 2024

ANIMISM - The Necessity Of Recovering An Ancestral Paradigm In A Soulless World

In this lecture including questions from the audience Dr. Luna will present his own experience with Amazonian practitioners, and their use of sacred plants. He will also refer to contemporary studies of plant and animal intelligence by evolutionary ecologists.

Since the 17th century, there has been a gradual process of reducing the realm of mind first into the bodies of human beings, especially those of the “civilized men”, and then solely into their “awaken” brains, disregarding the dream time.

A strict separation between culture and nature has been accepted as a given fact, the supposed intelligence of the world - animals, plants, fungi, microorganisms, and abiotic phenomena - relegated to the superstition of traditional societies.

The results of this disenchanted worldview has been the reckless destruction of ecosystems, the extinction of countless organisms, and above all, a feeling of separation, loneliness, loss of meaning and lack of solidarity with the world at large.

Dr. Luna has lectured worldwide on indigenous and mestizo shamanism and has been a curator of visionary art exhibits in Europe, Latin America, the United States, and Japan. He is the Director of Wasiwaska, Research Center for the Study of Psychointegrator Plants, Visionary Art and Consciousness, Florianópolis, Brazil ( Since June 2022 he is also an Honorary Research Fellow of University of Exeter, England.

︎Registration here (limited number of places).

︎ From February 28, 2024 until June 05, 2024

Joint Research Colloquium: History of Medicine and History of the Anthropocene

Visit the joint reseach colloquium “History of Medicine and History of the Anthropocene“. The presentations will take place on six wednesdays, from 14:00 until 15:45 in the room SOF-E-17 of the University of Zurich (except the Master thesis conference, which will take place in the room WIH-E-01/IBME) and on one thursday from 17:00 until 18:30 in the same room (SOF-E-17). You can also visit the colloquium via Zoom.

Dates and topics:

  • Wednesday, 28.02.2024: “We Have Progressed No Further than the Local Cow Doctor”: Bovine Pleuropneumonia and the Limits of Colonial Veterinary Science in Nigeria by Oluwaseun Otosede Williams, Geneva Graduate Institute
  • Wednesday, 13.03.2024: Civet and Disgust: A Scent, a Drug, an Animal and a Colonial Emotion by Sarah-Maria Schober, Universität Zürich
  • Thursday, 11.04.2024: Gender and Social Class: The Self- Made Myths of the Modern British Surgeon by Agnes Arnold-Forster, University of Edinburgh (In Collaboration with the Swiss Seminar for the History of Medicine)
  • Wednesday, 24.04.2024: The Place for Nuclear Power: Environmental Biographies of Nuclear Facilities from Siting to Decommissioning by Davide Orsini, Rachel Carson Center Munich
  • Wednesday, 15.05.2024: By Way of Intimate Spaces: Psy Scientists' Observations of Child Rearing Practices in Uganda (1940- 1970s) by Pokuaa Oduro-Bonsrah, Geneva Graduate Institute
  • Wednesday, 29.05.2024: Srebrenica Bodies: Forensic Knowledge Production and Evidence under International Criminal Law by Alexa Stiller, Universität Zürich
  • Wednesday, 05.06.2024: Master Thesis Conference

Please contact Henrik Jochum for access to the pre-circulated papers.