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Four Problems, Four Directions For Environmental Humanities: Toward A Critical Posthumanities For the Anthropocene
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (The Posthumanities Hub)
University of Sydney, Australia. (The Posthumanities Hub)
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2015 (English)In: Ethics and the Environment, ISSN 1085-6633, E-ISSN 1535-5306, Vol. 20, no 1, 67-97 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Taking into account intersecting trends in political, academic, and popular engagements with environmental issues, this paper concerns the development of environmental humanities as an academic field of inquiry, specifically in this new era many are calling the Anthropocene. After a brief outline of the environmental humanities as a field, we delimit four problems that currently frame our relation to the environment, namely: alienation and intangibility; the post-political situation; negative framing of environmental change; and compartmentalization of “the environment” from other spheres of concern. Addressing these problems, we argue, is not possible without environmental humanities. Given that this field is not entirely new, our second objective is to propose specific shifts in the environmental humanities that could address the aforementioned problems. These include attention to environmental imaginaries; rethinking the “green” field; enhanced transdisciplinarity and postdisciplinarity; and increasing “citizen humanities” efforts.

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Bloomington, 2015. Vol. 20, no 1, 67-97 p.
Keyword [en]
environmental humanities, gender, feminist posthumanities, environmental imaginary, anthropocene
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-115031OAI: diva2:793369
The Seed Box: An Environmental Humanities Collaboratory
Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research

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