Welcome to The Understory, PPEH's environmental humanities digest! 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 email@example.com!
Muddy Waters: Reimagining Futures in Wet Asia Friday, Dec 8, 10AM
A Forum on Revolution Presented by the Wolf Humanities Center in collaboration with Penn’s South Asia Center.
Today, anthropogenic climate change — cyclones, floods, and storm surges permeate and punctuate the regularity of everyday life in much of South and Southeast Asia.
Rather than approach questions of design and history with dry ground at the center, the panelists in this session think about the kinds of futures and histories that might be made thinking in and from the waterscapes (oceans, rivers and littoral regions) in which they have long worked.
Moderator: Nikhil Anand (Daniel Braun Silvers and Robert Peter Silvers Family Presidential Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania)
Panel: Prasenjit Duara (Oscar Tang Professor of East Asian Studies, Duke University) Maira Hayat (Assistant Professor of Environment and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame) Marvi Mazhar (Architect and researcher)
The One Health@Penn Research Community presents its monthlyWork in Progress series Wednesday, December 13, Noon
The next talk in the One Health series will feature Katie Barott (SAS, Biology) and PPEH director, Bethany Wiggin (SAS, German).
Each month, One Health presents talks and discussion with faculty from across Penn’s 12 Schools. Speakers present their work-in-progress on the theme of Climate and One Health. Faculty will each speak for 15 minutes followed by time for Q and A. [Access the zoom link +Learn more]
The first half of our Climate and Democracy series presented in collaboration with the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy has been full of fascinating perspectives on the intersections of environmental issues and the concerns of world democracies.
We’re looking forward to continuing to explore these topics in the new year, picking back up on Thursday, January 18, 2024 with a talk from Edward Maibach (George Mason University).
Keep an eye on our events page and The Understory for more details to come. We can’t wait to see you there!
New Courses Added to Our Spring 2024 EH Minor Course Guide!
The environmental humanities minor in the School of Arts & Sciences gives Penn students the opportunity to work across disciplines and explore how knowledge systems represent and respond to past and present environments, ecologies, places and worlds at a variety of scales.
If you're teaching a course you don't see listed send us a message— we'd love to add it!
In the newest issue of Open Rivers: Rethinking Water, Place & Community editor Laurie Moberg offers a collection of previously published articles that demonstrate the social change work of community engaged research.
Read the collection which includes “Forgotten Places and Radical Hope on Philadelphia’s Tidal Schuylkill River” by PPEH director Bethany Wiggin in issue 24. [Read the collection]
Featuring the work of engaged thinkers from multiple areas of expertise and experience, Open Rivers, published by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing, creates a space for stories that catalyze creative, multidisciplinary solutions to the profound challenges facing our water systems. We augment this approach by using digital media in innovative ways to facilitate new forms of knowledge, communication, and practice.
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