Welcome to The Understory, PPEH's bi-weekly environmental humanities digest! In a world of continued remote engagement, we're growing a digital community space to feature work in EH, share information, and most importantly, to expand conversation in all areas of the environmental humanities. Please feel welcome to contribute your events, related work, and recommendations by emailing Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Dr. Jared Farmer in conversation with the National Endowment for the Humanities, discussing sacralized and desacralized landforms, his forthcoming book Survival of the Oldest: Ancient Trees in Modern Times, and his course Petrosylvania. Read more here!
PPEH Course Highlight
On Tuesday April 20th, Dr Rebecca Macklin's "Imagining Environmental Justice" class was joined by the South African scholar and poet Dr Caitlin Stobie.
Dr Stobie led a creative writing workshop with the students, focused on space, place, and environment. A shift from our usual busy pace, this workshop gave students the chance to pause and reflect, reading new texts from Sprout Poetry Journal and getting creative by responding to a variety of prompts. Students were encouraged to play with creative modes of expression to generate ideas for a collective online exhibit, to be launched this summer on the PPEH website. Creative pieces will explore different aspects of environmental justice and consider the role of imagination in this process.
PPEH Project Highlight
From Penn's campus to the beautiful Bartram's Gardens, the My Climate Story team and our vibrant community storytellers have been filming their upcoming short documentary project, to be released this summer! Stay tuned!
The ASLE Spotlight series features moderated conversations with ASLE members who have produced new critical and creative work in the environmental humanities. Episodes follow a theme, and highlight publicly engaged scholarship.
Featuring: Hsuan L. Hsu, Vincent Ialenti, Müge Gedik, and Gretchen E.
Henderson, with co-hosts Bethany Wiggin and Rahul Mukherjee
This Field Note is by PPEH Graduate Fellow Pooja Nayak, a doctoral candidate in Anthropology and South Asia Studies at Penn. In this introduction to her "Arts of Noticing" series, Pooja invites us "to attune to practices across disciplines, of becoming-student, in the hope of learning how to see, feel, touch, and listen."
This is the first of three guest posts on "The Arts of Noticing", edited by PPEH Graduate Fellow Pooja Nayak, a doctoral candidate in Anthropology and South Asia Studies at Penn. This piece by Mannat Johal, a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago, describes how "archaeological practices of narrativizing time" relate to the arts of noticing.
remote conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and
(ASLE). 7/26-8/6 Faculty Director Bethany Wiggin co-organized and PPEH's Tsemone Ogbemi will also speak.
Streams, remote conference, hosted by KTH Stockholm, 8/3-8/7. The
purpose of STREAMS is to reflect strands of practices and philosophies
within the Environmental Humanities. At the same
time it is also an invitation to see how the streams diverge, merge, or
new ones emerge over time. If you are interested in participating, please write to email@example.com.
Water Politics in the Age of the Anthropocene, Local scholars and activists as well as international experts will develop and convene these seminars exploring novel, collaborative, and exploratory epistemological practices and modes of acting upon the urgencies of the Anthropocene. October 11-16, 2021
Undrowned : Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals, Alexis Pauline Gumbs
"Undrowned is a book-length meditation for social movements and our whole species based on the subversive and transformative guidance of marine mammals. " Read more here!
The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Freiburg, Germany in conjunction with the International Balzan Prize Foundation offers three 6-month Junior Fellowships in Global Environmental History.
The fellowships are addressed to scholars preparing a post-doctoral research monograph ('second book') on a topic of global environmental history in a broad sense, including climate history, energy history, the history of disease, animal history, or historical geography. For more details, visit this H-Net posting!
Center for Environmental Futures, May 7
Untold Stories of the Conservation Movement: Race, Power, and Privilege
10:45-11:45 – Anti-Racism Strategies Panel
12:00-1:30 – “Untold Stories of the Conservation Movement: Race, Power, and Privilege”