The University of Cape Town has launched a new transdisciplinary M.Phil program specialising in the Environmental Humanities, as well as an active research project called Environmental Humanities South, which includes funded Masters and Doctoral fellowships. Applicants are welcome from all disciplines in the Humanities, particularly applicants from literary studies, film and media, and the creative arts. A number of fellowships at M Phil and PhD level are available.
The environmental humanities is the term for a dynamic and growing field in universities across the world, one promoting interdisciplinary scholarship that explores how we understand the relations between humans and the environment in all areas of cultural production. Ranging from scientific modelling to government policy, from social justice movements to the creative arts, it examines questions of sustainability, human wellbeing and the environment in their broadest sense. In a 21st-century context of increasing pressure on the biosphere, the environmental humanities provide a vital intellectual space that enables researchers, students, artists, writers, scientists, policy-makers and practitioners to reflect critically on the concepts that underlie contemporary environmentalism.
The next program commences in March 2017. Applications for admission to the M Phil and the PhD will be considered until February 2017. For more details, please visit the opportunity’s website.