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Research Area Environmental Humanities

Research projects dealing with the European history of coal; "environmental literary studies" and reflections on environmental changes during the era of industrialisation.

 

Green City_neuProject group: A Green City Mandate?

Prof. Dr. Sabine Dabringhaus (Universität Freiburg); Prof. Dr. Tim Freytag (Universität Freiburg); Prof. Dr. Annika Mattissek (Universität Freiburg); Prof. Dr. Christof Mauch (Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society); Dr. des Simone M. Müller (Universität Freiburg)


The project is organised in cooperation with the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU).

This interdisciplinary project group analyzes the relationship between urban development and environmental challenges in the postmodern era. We seek to understand how (and if) actors of urban planning responded to environmental challenges such as pollution, sanitation, and energy sustainability and in what ways responsibility to address these problems has been attributed to the “city level.” Studying contentious debates about environmental policies across multiple levels of governance, we want to identify relevant stakeholders, as well as agents’ respective realms of action, claims to responsibility, and sources of authority. Finally, focusing on selected case studies from Southeast Asia, Western Europe, and North America, we want to contrast and compare these findings in an international context. The project group will host a week-long graduate student workshop with two scholars from the United States and Asia, as well as a subsequent international conference on the topic.

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