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Environmental Humanities @ UT

The environmental humanities (EH) arose as a scholarly formation in the early 2000s. EH brings the methods and perspectives of the arts and humanities to bear on environmental experience, change, and crisis. Encompassing history, anthropology, religious studies, literary and media studies, and Black, ethnic, and Indigenous studies, among other fields, EH learns from but also challenges technoscientific approaches to environmental issues. EH scholars and creators promote critique, action, ethical engagement, social justice, and representation and performance across media.  

Environmental Humanities @ UT (EH @UT) emerged as a speaker and workshop series housed in the Department of English in 2014. The community of EH scholars at UT Austin is robust and growing with new faculty hires, graduate student admissions, and course offerings every year. This growth attests to the field's expansion beyond the UT campus, with scholars, planners, and policymakers alike acknowledging the centrality of the arts and humanities to addressing 21st-century environmental crises. Several initiatives at UT Austin have built and continue to build this community, including the 2015-16 Texas Institute for Literary & Textual Studies (TILTS) on “Environmental Humanities," Planet Texas 2050, the Institute for Historical Studies 2020-21 theme on "Climate in Context," and the 2020-22 Humanities Institute Faculty Fellows Seminar on "The Humanities in the Environment / The Environment in the Humanities."

Upcoming Events

Please join us for our upcoming "works-in-progress" series, organized by Professors Heather Houser and Alex Beasley, which will feature current work by UT EH-affiliated faculty and graduate students. If you are interested in sharing work in our series, or if you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact Professor Heather Houser at houserh@utexas.edu. Fall 2020 semester events are below:

Friday, September 25th, 3:00pm

Workshop with Dr. Sierra Senzaki, a postdoctoral lecturer in the Department of English: “Moments of Being, Moments of Non-Being: Posthumanism, Humanism, and the Nonhuman in Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Sketch of the Past’ and To the Lighthouse

Zoom: https://utexas.zoom.us/j/97646538784 

Friday, October 30th, 3:00pm

Workshop with Dr. Jonathan Howard, a 2020-21 Donald D. Harrington faculty fellow and an Assistant Professor of English at Boston College: “Swim Your Ground: Toward a Deep Ethic”

Zoom: https://utexas.zoom.us/j/97212448525

Friday, November 13 at 3:00pm

Workshop with Dr. Jason Cons, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Zoom: TBA

 

EH @ UT Affiliates

Faculty and Visiting Faculty

C. J. Alvarez, Assistant Professor, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies  

Lucy Atkinson, Associate Professor, Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations

Javier Auyero, Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Professor, Department of Sociology

Michael Baker, Assistant Professor, School of Design and Creative Technologies

Samuel Baker, Associate Professor, Department of English

Timothy Beach, Professor, Department of Geography & the Environment

B. Alex Beasley, Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies

Alyson Beaton, Assistant Professor, School of Design and Creative Technologies

Casey Boyle, Associate Professor, Department of Rhetoric & Writing

Erika M. Bsumek, Associate Professor, Department of History

Craig Campbell, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Katherine Canales, Distinguished Senior Lecturer and Chair, School of Design and Creative Technologies

Kate Catterall, Associate Professor, School of Design and Creative Technologies

Jason Cons, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Elizabeth Cullingford, Professor, Department of English

Alison Damick, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology

Janet M. Davis, Professor, Department of American Studies

Kathryn Dawson, Associate Professor, Department of Theater and Dance

Donna DeCesare, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Media

Caroline Faria, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography & the Environment

Benjamin Gregg, Associate Professor, Department of Government

Hiʻilei Julia Hobart, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Steven Hoelscher, Professor, Department of American Studies

Heather Houser, Associate Professor, Department of English

Jonathan Howard, 2020-21 Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellow, Assistant Professor of English, Boston College  

J.E. Johnson, Lecturer, Department of Theater and Dance

Alison Kafer, Associate Professor, Department of English; Embry Foundation Endowed Associate Professor, Department of Womens & Gender Studies 

Lee Ann Kahlor, Associate Professor, Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations

Gregory Knapp, Associate Professor, Department of Geography & the Environment

Katherine Lieberknecht, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture

Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Raymond Dickson Endowed Centennial Professor, Department of Geography & the Environment

Allen MacDuffie, Associate Professor, Department of English

Tia Madkins, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Karen Maness, Lecturer, Department of Theatre & Dance

Sven Ortel, Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Theatre & Dance

Robert Paterson, Associate Professor, School of Architecture

Marina Peterson, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

John Pipkin, Lecturer, Department of English; Director of the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program

Adam Rabinowitz, Associate Professor, Department of Classics

Megan Raby, Associate Professor, Department of History 

Arlene Rosen, Professor, Department of Anthropology

Donnie Sackey, Assistant Professor, Department of Rhetoric & Writing

Sierra Senzaki, Postdoctoral Lecturer, Department of English

Michael Shensky, GIS and Geospatial Data Coordinator, Research Fellow

Miriam Solis, Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Regional Planning

Pavithra Vasudevan, Assistant Professor, Department of Women's & Gender Studies, Department of African & African Diaspora Studies

Jayme Walenta, Lecturer, Department of Geography & the Environment

 

Graduate Students

Keerti Arora, Department of English

Annie Bares, Department of English

Bryanna Barrera, Department of English

Nichole Bennett, Department of Advertising

Rhya Brooke, Department of English

Haley Eazor, Department of English

Ian Ferris, Department of Rhetoric & Writing

Katherine Field, Department of Art History

Kathleen Field, Program in Comparative Literature

Dylan Gilbert, Program in Italian Studies

Jeremy Goheen, Department of English

Hannah Robbins Hopkins, Department of Rhetoric & Writing

Rachel F. Hunter, Department of English

Nandini Majumdar, Department of English

Khristían Méndez Aguirre, Department of Theatre & Dance

Lindsey Myers, Department of English

Lauren Nelson, Department of English 

Alyssa Peterson, Department of History

Bryan Sitzes, Program in Middle Eastern Studies

Jesse Ritner, Department of History

Debarati Roy, Department of English 

Emma Train, Department of English 

Cooper Weissman, American Studies

Deidre Zoll, Program in Community & Regional Planning