Global Futures, Local Imaginaries: Piloting New Constellations of Research and Practice in the Public University


From: Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 04:30pm

To: Tuesday, February 25, 2020,


Global Futures, Local Imaginaries: Piloting New Constellations of Research and Practice in the Public University

In this lecture, I will move from icy, melting Arctic landscapes to the recent fires in New South Wales, Australia, estimated to have killed over a billion and a half animals, and from an urban “Observatory” at the Arizona State University Tempe campus to Vatican City in Rome, where Pope Francis has been encouraging people of faith to think about the “integrated” humanities and sciences. I will briefly describe the environmental humanities, a fast-accelerating field in most public universities that networks the human and social sciences to explore why human beliefs and values, how humans organize themselves, and what they are willing to invest to achieve their goals are factors that lie largely outside scientific calculation.  I’ll explore why many environmental humanists are moving beyond the traditional contemplative or reflective scholarly outcomes of their individual fields (the book, the essay) and towards research collaborations with scientists and social scientists that are re-framing complex conversations about “managing the planet” in a new era of “the human” often referred to as the “Anthropocene.”


Joni Adamson is President’s Professor of Environmental Humanities, Department of English & Director, Environmental Humanities Initiative, The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University. She is the author and/or co-editor of American Indian Literature, Environmental Justice and Ecocriticism (University of Arizona Press, 2001), The Environmental Justice Reader: Poetics, Politics, and Pedagogy(University of Arizona Press, 2002), American Studies, Ecocriticism, and Ecology: Thinking and Acting in the Local and Global Commons(Routledge, 2013), Keywords for Environmental Studies (New York University Press, 2016), Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies—Conversations from Earth to Cosmos(Routledge 2017) and Humanities for the Environment(Routledge 2017). Most recently, she held the Benjamin N. Duke Fellowship at the National Humanities Center in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, United States.  She is Director of the North American Observatory of the Humanities for the Environment global network, and served the largest environmental humanities organization in the world, The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), as President in 2012.  

[Event co-sponsored by the Center for Cultural Analysis, and the Program in Comparative Literature]


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