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 Friday of each month, from 4.00-5.30pm. 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.

Lecture Series

In 2015-16 EEHN was given an IASH International Interdisicplinary Research Group grant, to develop our series of lectures and workshops on Unexpected Encounters with Deep Time.

Our interest was in bringing deep time to bear on the everyday. Whether it is a fossil in the polished floor of a hotel lobby or an encounter with a turtle washed up on a Scottish beach with a gut full of plastic, chance meetings such as these suggest the uncanny ability of deep time to telescope into and out of the everyday. Rather than appearing as an abstract concept, an unending line forward or backwards, deep time is met in material encounters that disorient and reframe. For instance, fossil fuel simultaneously casts us back in to the deep past of their formation, and the deep future shaped by their consumption. Deep time enfolds and enlivens our existence, and thinking about the intersection of deep time with the everyday offers a different view onto the processes of disruption that mark the extended ‘geological moment’ that has been named the Anthropocene.

Our three themes were Enchantment, Violence, and Haunting, and each theme was explored via public lecture, workshop, and postgraduate masterclass. You can find recordings of the lectures and presentations on our Resources and Activities page

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

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    New publication by EEHN member

    EEHN member David Farrier has a new essay in Aeon magazine – ‘Sands of Time: The North Sea is a sign of what awaits in the Anthropocene’. https://aeon.co/essays/the-north-sea-is-a-sign-of-what-awaits-in-the-anthropocene

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    Public Lecture: Prof Cary Wolfe, ‘Of Islands, Ecology, and Immunity’ 24th May, 2017

    As part of the Edinburgh Animal Studies Lecture Series 2017, Prof Cary Wolfe will give a public lecture, ‘Of Islands, Ecology, and Immunity.’ 3-5pm Weds 24th May, Room 2.13, Geography Building Contact: emily.brady@ed.ac.uk Cary Wolfe’s research interests span animal studies and posthumanism, systems theory and pragmatism, biopolitics and biophilosophy, and American literature and culture. His […]

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    Nature and Wellbeing Symposium, Friday 23 June, University of Edinburgh

    What do we mean when we talk about ‘nature’ and ‘wellbeing’? How do our understandings of these terms influence our perceptions of the relationship between flourishing ecosystems and human health, and how have nature and wellbeing relations changed historically? This event will investigate the meaning of ‘nature’ and ‘wellbeing’ in different cultural, environmental, therapeutic, and […]

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    Exponential: collections from 10 to 100 million years and beyond

    EEHN member David Farrier joined other Edinburgh academics and artists for Exponential, an exhibition at the University’s Talbot Rice gallery that reflected on what the planet will look like between 10 years and 100 million years in the future. Mixing speculative talks with experimental poetic and musical performances, Exponential is an invitation for us to […]

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Tweets from EEHN

  • Ian Hamilton Finlay: Little Fields, Long Horizons, 13-14 July 2017:https://t.co/FKuyHqB6w1May. 18, 2017
  • New essay in @aeonmag by EEHN member @david_farrier: The North Sea is a sign of what awaits in the Anthropocene – https://t.co/eMexlQ2oswMay. 17, 2017
  • Prof Cary Wolfe (Rice University): ‘Of Islands, Ecology, and Immunity: The Lost Maples of Big Bend’:https://t.co/BjImRZbHP9May. 16, 2017
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Our Partners & Network

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