For humanities-led responses to current crises

The Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network was set up in 2013. We are an interdisciplinary research network, interested in developing collaborative work in the Environmental Humanities throughout Scotland, the UK, and worldwide.

We believe the current environmental crisis is best understood as a collection of diverse but mutually-reinforcing political, economic, philosophical, ethical, relational, and spiritual crises. The Environmental Humanities can compliment responses to environmental problems in the hard sciences, by examining the social bases for climate change, biodiversity loss, and marine desertification, addressing the values which underpin environmental decision-making, and exploring more ethical ways of imagining, narrating, and inhabiting environments global.

Our network aims to be a place to examine these questions through dialogue, innovation, and creative partnerships.

Our values

The Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network aspires to be:

  • Relational in its approach to key issues and problems
  • Responsive to new developments, opportunities and research insights
  • Open to public or artistic collaborations.

Events and Actitivies

We are an active and inclusive research network, with interests that span the Environmental Humanities (including deep time, the Anthropocene, and multispecies relations). You can find information about recent and upcoming events below, and on our Resources and Activities page

You are welcome to advertise your own Environmental Humanities event on our website: please use the form here.

Join our Reading Group

We host a monthly reading group where we discuss new work in the Environmental Humanities. The group is cross-disciplinary (including geography, anthropology, philosophy, literary studies, and more), and readings are selected by different members each month. You can find a list of themes and reading so far on our Reading Group page.

We meet at the University of Edinburgh on the second Tuesday of each month, from 1.00-2.00pm. New members are welcome – if you’d like to come along, please email david.farrier@ed.ac.uk for details of the current readings and venue.

Collaborate and connect with us

The Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network provides opportunities to connect with researchers who share a common interest, and a forum for discussion around future directions in the Environmental Humanities. A list of members’ research interests can be found under the Members tab.

We are keen to develop links with other Environmental Humanities networks, and are always open to new people. If you would like connect with our network, or be added to our mailing list, please contact david.farrier (at) ed.ac.uk. You can follow us on Twitter: @EEHNetwork.

Please find our current events and activities below and here.
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News, Call for Papers, Publications

  • Island Futures – poetry and climate change event at the University of Edinburgh

    In September, EEHN collaborated with Creative Carbon Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library on Island Futures, an evening of poetry and debate about climate change at the University of Edinburgh. We were privileged to enjoy readings from two outstanding poets and video artists, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner (author of Iep Jaltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter, attending […]

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    ‘Sea Time’ – a collaboration with the Sydney Environment Institute

    In 2017-18, EEHN shared a Collaborative Partnership award with the Sydney Environment Institute, at the University of Sydney. In June 2018, as part of the award, we co-organised ‘Sea Time: Tales, Temporalities and Anthropocene Oceans,’ a two-day workshop where scholars from northern and southern hemispheres explored humanities responses to oceanic change. You can read more […]

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    New Environmental Humanities Fellows for 2020

    We’re delighted that the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh will host four Environmental Humanities fellows in 2020. In February, we will welcome Prof. Christopher Lee (Lafayette College), Prof. Hester Blum (Penn State), and Prof. Christina Seely (Dartmouth). Prof Lee’s project is a history of the night time in South Africa; […]

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    ERASMUS teaching exchange with the University of Stockholm

    Recently David Farrier and I participated in an ERASMUS funded teaching exchange with the University of Stockholm. We contributed to the new Environmental Humanities thematic focus within the Humanities PhD programme, offering a range of sessions on the topic of Deep Time. We visited the university’s Baltic Sea Centre and its Askö Laboratory, on a […]

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Upcoming EEHN Events

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Our Partners & Network

The Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network is pleased to work alongside the following groups and organizations: