This cluster brings together scholars in the ecological and earth sciences, economics, political science, anthropology, philosophy, history, geography, and literature, to explore the possibilities for an integrated approach to the environment and our current climate crisis.
There is much to gain by expanding such collaborations to include scholars from the humanities and broadening the scope of the analysis. A historical perspective, for instance, can illuminate how social and economic structures and forms of intellectual authority have altered the human relationship to the non-human world. Philosophy can enable analysis of the competing values at stake in environmental politics and of the epistemological foundations of environmental knowledge. Literary analysis can help to chart new possibilities for communicating about environmental issues. The goal of this cluster is to foster cross-disciplinary exchange and, ultimately, to generate collaborative research projects among scientists from earth and environmental sciences, and ecology, evolution, and environmental biology partnering with scholars of history, religion, anthropology, and economics.
In 2021-2022, the cluster’s focus was on history and climate change, with a particular focus on Africa, Latin America, Indigenous North America, and South Asia.
From 2017-2019, the cluster’s unifying theme was food, farming, and sustainability.
Environmental Sciences and Humanities Cluster Events
Shahid Naeem - From Forager to Farmer in 200,000 Years: An Environmental Sustainability Perspective Lunch Discussion
Tree-Ring and Historical Evidence for Dry and Wet Extremes in the Amazon Basin and Elsewhere in Brazil During the Late 18th and 19th Centuries
The Role of Hydrological Changes and Human Integration in Semi-Arid Landscapes of Mapungubwe, Shashe-Limpopo Basin, South Africa
Anne Casile - Toward an Interdisciplinary Approach to Exploring Climate-Water-Society Nexus in the History of “Late Medieval” Central India: The Example of the MANDU Project
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