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NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK: Planet of the Orb Trees: A story about Giving, Self-Confidence, Green Living and Environmental Values

Environmental disasters have forced most of humanity to live inside Roaring Rocket Amusement Park. Everyone is happy riding broken-down rides except for Kai, a radiant boy. When Kai spots a healthy tree inside a giant maze, he wonders if orbs from that tree can transport him to a new green planet... Read more

(Un)Common Worlds

Human-Animal Studies Conference — 7–9 August 2018 Turku, Finland. The Finnish Society for Human-Animal Studies (YKES) is proud to organize the first international Human-Animal Studies conference held in Finland. Founded in 2004 as a network and established in 2009 as a society, YKES has since organized six national annual meetings, gained critical mass and a notable standing nationally and internationally. The theme for the upcoming conference is (Un)common worlds: Contesting the limits of human-animal communities. The conference’s keynote speakers are Professor Erica Fudge, Associate Professor Jamie Lorimer and the zoologist Helena Telkänranta. Sharpen your pencils, save the date and welcome to Turku in 2018!

More information and CALL FOR PAPERS

Call for Papers After Eden and Arcadia: Narratives of Environmental Change in Pre-Modern Europe

After Eden and Arcadia: Narratives of Environmental Change in Pre-Modern Europe. 12–13 April, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden.
Our current climate crisis is heavily associated with modernity – with human agents fuelling steam engines and turning car keys. However, slow or sudden changes in the natural environment – sometimes man made and sometimes not – have been a constant feature of human experience, and authors of myth and fiction always imagined environments very different from their own and transformations of landscapes. But how did these pre-modern authors conceptualize environmental change? What causes and effects did they consider when discussing these changes? And how – when applicable – did they view human agency in these events; which types of human interventions were licit and which were not? To discuss these and other questions about pre-modern narratives of environmental change, the Eden and Arcadia Network and the ECO-Humanities Hub of Mid Sweden University are happy to invite you to a workshop with two days of exciting discussions, held from 12–13 April 2018 in Sundsvall. The aim of this initiative is to map pre-modern conceptions of environmental change, and to explore the deep histories that continue to shape our current debate on climate.
Papers on any topic that employ ancient, medieval or early modern materials to explore pre-modern conceptions of environmental change are welcome. Please send a 300 word abstract to Biörn Tjällén (biorn.tjallen@miun.se) no later than 17 December 2017. A limited number of bursaries to cover travel (within Europe) and lodging are available, so please indicate if you need this financial support to participate. This workshop is sponsored by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences.

NEW BOOK: Nonhuman Photography

Nonhuman Photography by Joanna Zylinska explores the new vistas and visions we are facing in the current techno-political conjuncture. It also interrogates the very “we” of the human standpoint, while extending the scale of analysis to geological “deep time”. Read more...





New course: European Marine Directives and Policies

A new interdisciplinary course will be given at the University of Gothenburg, starting in January 2018. The course is aimed at students of all disciplines interested in governance, management and the environment of marine and coastal areas.
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Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities

The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor appointment in environmental humanities, broadly interpreted to embrace disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences... Read more

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship on the Plantationocene sponsored by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar grant. Deadline for applications is 15 December 2017Read more...


Somhairle MacDonald is an artist, photographer and musician from the Scottish Highlands. His recent work inspired by the landscapes of Lochaber will be on display at The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool from 16 October - 4 January. Read more

Synergy Conference

The British Society of Aesthetics is pleased to announce a new funded conference initiative, the BSA Synergy series. The Society is initially looking to fund one conference with a grant of up to £12,000. The deadline for applications is 22 January 2018. Read more

Scandinavian Wildlife Film Festival

The Scandinavian Wildlife Film Festival (SWFF) takes place in Hunnebostrand, Sweden every other year with the next festival happening January 25-28, 2018. It is organized by the Association of Swedish Wildlife Filmmakers, a non-profit organization of filmmakers living or working in Sweden. Read more

Rachel Carson Center Call for Fellows 2018-19

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2018–19 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The RCC’s fellowship program is designed to bring together excellent scholars who are working in environmental history and related disciplines. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018. Read more and apply

Petrocultures Conference 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS: An International, Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Oil Cultures and Energy Humanities. First Petrocultures conference to be held outside North America. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, Aug 29 - Sep 1 2018. Paper/workshop/other format proposals deadline: February 2nd 2018Read more...

The Politics of Sustainability: Re-thinking resources, values and justice

February 15th-16th, 2018, House of Sciences and Letters (Tieteidentalo), Helsinki, Finland. In this conference we aim to examine the politics of sustainability by foregrounding values and moral choices implied by different pathways and current transformations. We want to develop a more articulated analysis between discussions on sustainability – the on-going, problematic and highly uneven processes of extractivism, environmental change, migration, and social differentiation – and their consequences for social, environmental, and ecological justice. Read more...


Intercultural Geopoetics in Kenneth White's Open World by Mohammed Hashas introduces geopoetics as a radical, postmodern interdisciplinary and intercultural project. Read more


A new book from Kenneth White is now available from Aberdeen University Press. Collected Works, Volume 1: Underground to Otherground contains 3 early books, Incandescent Limbo, Letters from Gourgounel and Travels in the Drifting Dawn. Read more

EBAAS 2018

Joint EAAS and BAAS Conference - the 32nd European Association for American Studies and 63rd British Association for American Studies Conference. London, 4 – 7 April 2018. Read more

Uses and Abuses of Thoreau at 200

"Uses and Abuses of Thoreau at 200": A Symposium hosted by the Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion (LIR), University of Gothenburg, Sweden, on May 3-4, 2018. Read more...

SASS 2018

The presidential conference theme for this year’s SASS meeting is “Frontiers: Past, Present and Future.” The meeting will be held in Los Angeles, May 3-5, 2018. Read more and propose a paper

As Slowly as Possible

ASAP/Amsterdam - “As Slowly as Possible”: A Symposium of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 24-26 May 2018Call for Papers:
ASAP/Amsterdam invites proposals from scholars and artists addressing the contemporary arts in all their forms since the 1960s—literary, visual, performing, musical, cinematic, design, and digital. We are interested in work across disciplines and media that examine the formal, cultural, social, and political dimensions of the arts today. Read more...

Wrack Zone: ALECC Biennial Conference

ALECC Biennial Conference, 20-23 June 2018, University of Victoria. Traditional lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt peoples
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International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media

16th Conference of the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media in Stavanger, Norway. July 25–28, 2018. Read more

Scandinavian Exceptionalisms. IASS 2018 Conference

The International Association of Scandinavian Studies (IASS) will be hosting its 32nd conference at the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics European of the University of Copenhagen from 7 to 10 August 2018. The theme of the Conference is “Scandinavian Exceptionalisms”.

Environmental Issues and the Anthropocene

Brno, Czech Republic, 29 Aug-2 Sep 2018. As is now generally acknowledged by both the scientific community and mainstream literature on the subject, our world has been brought to the brink of climatic and environmental catastrophe. Cities are beset by air pollution, and greenhouse gases have caused global temperatures to warm, with disastrous effects on climate and on marine ecosystems. Read more...

The Stories We Live by: a free online course in ecolinguistics

The social and ecological issues that humanity currently faces are so severe that they call into question the fundamental stories that we live by: stories of consumerism, infinite economic growth, progress and human separation from nature. This course provides linguistic tools for revealing the stories we live by, questioning them from an ecological perspective, and contributing to the search for new stories to live by. Read more

Twenty years of ecosystem services: How far have we come and how far do we still need to go?

It has been 20 years since two seminal publications about ecosystem services came out: an edited book by Gretchen Daily and an article in Nature by a group of ecologists and economists on the value of the world’s ecosystem services. Both of these have been very highly cited and kicked off an explosion of research, policy, and applications of the idea, including the establishment of this journal. This article traces the history leading up to these publications and the subsequent debates, research, institutions, policies, on-the-ground actions, and controversies they triggered. It also explores what we have learned during this period about the key issues: from definitions to classification to valuation, from integrated modelling to public participation and communication, and the evolution of institutions and governance innovation. Finally, it provides recommendations for the future. In particular, it points to the weakness of the mainstream economic approaches to valuation, growth, and development. It concludes that the substantial contributions of ecosystem services to the sustainable wellbeing of humans and the rest of nature should be at the core of the fundamental change needed in economic theory and practice if we are to achieve a societal transformation to a sustainable and desirable future. Read the full paper here

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