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Environmental Humanities

Focus 20/21

Building and Researching Resilience in the Environmental Humanities


The “Environmental Humanities” is a new buzzword being used to signal the effort of the traditional humanities to seek new ways to unite and collaborate in a time when the natural sciences have taken the lead in fighting the global ecological crisis. This research focus has a twofold goal: first, we will assess the humanities’ chances of becoming resilient against the threats they are facing due to the changes in academic values and university policies since the dawn of the 21st century. Convinced that their chances lie in inter­disciplinary collabo­ra­tion with the environmental sciences, we will explore in which ways this collaboration can be strengthened. Second, believing that resilience research is one of the fields in which such collaboration can be most fruitful, our research projects tackle the challenges of resilience from different disciplinary angles and at the same time test interdisciplinary approaches. Since spreading from ecology to sociology and psychology, the concept of resilience has only been discovered by a few humanities fields; however, the concept holds promise for other humanities as well, as it facilitates debates about the ability of individual and collective capacities to persist. 

Activities and Events

  • Lunch Lectures "Multidisciplinary Research on Resilience: Examples from Theory and Practice"

     Find the programme for this series here

  • March 25-26, 2021: International Workshop "Teaching the Environmental Humanities - Experiences and Visions"

      More Information here.

  • Kick-off Event: "Round Table Discussion: Introducing the Environmental Humanities as a 'New Interdisciplinary Matrix': What, Why, and How?", October 22, 2020