Environmental Humanities @ St Andrews workshop: our contributions to climate research

18 March 2022, 10:00-12:00.

STACEES and the Scottish Arts and Humanities Alliance (SAHA)* warmly invite members of the University of St Andrews research community working on or with an interest in the environmental humanities to join us for this virtual workshop.

Participation is welcomed from all career stages, including students. Colleagues and students who do not work in the environmental humanities are warmly invited to attend to listen to the presentations and following conversations.

In the first hour, participants will briefly present their work (4 minutes each). Presentations may be informal and slides are optional.

Presentation line-up:

  • Dr Althea Davies (School of Geography and Sustainable Development)
    Title: Speaking for ecosystems: conservation models in cultural landscapes.
  • Dr Ruben Post (School of Classics)
    Title: Ancient Environments and the Modern World: Research from the Centre for Ancient Environmental Studies.
  • Mary Abed Al Ahad (School of Geography and Sustainable Development)
    Title: The spatial-temporal effect of air pollution on individuals’ health and its variation by ethnic groups in the United Kingdom: A multilevel longitudinal analysis.
  • Elizabeth Mills (Marine Alliance for Science and Technology in Scotland (MASTS) and People Ocean Planet (POP) Group)
    Title: Introduction to the People Ocean Planet Group – making positive ocean change
  • Dr Philippa Lovatt (Film Studies & Co-Director of Centre for Screen Cultures)
    Title: (Im)material worlds: tracing creative practice, histories and environmental contexts in artists’ moving image from Southeast Asia and UK.
  • Dr Tyler Parks (Department of Film Studies)
    Title: Landscape, Politics, and Non-fiction Film in the American West.
  • Dr Anna Reynolds (School of English)
    Title: Early Modern Waste Paper: Thinking Differently about Discarding.
  • Dr Lydia Cole (School of Geography and Sustainable Development)
    Title: Exploring human-peatland interactions in the Peruvian Amazon.
  • Dr Ariadne Collins (School of International Relations)
    Title: An Interdisciplinary Ecology of Atmospheres.
  • Dr Christina Alt (School of English)
    Title: Early Twentieth-Century Anticipations of Climate Change in Science and Literature.
  • Abi Whitefield (School of Geography and Sustainable Development)
    Title: Urban deer in Scotland.

In the second hour, a discussion chaired by Professor Catherine O’ Leary (School of Modern Languages and Co-Chair of SAHA) will focus on the importance of the environmental humanities for research on the environment, climate, energy and sustainability. 

SAHA is a joint initiative of Scottish Higher Education institutions, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. It was established to give a public and collective voice to the Arts and Humanities in the context of Higher Education. This new Alliance is designed to promote more widely the contribution of our disciplines to positive change in society, to economic progress and to cultural understanding. SAHA envisage a reflective alliance that sets agendas and responds to current concerns. One of its priority areas is climate and the environment.

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