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Faculty Fellows Seminar 2020-22: The Humanities in the Environment / The Environment in the Humanities

In September 2020, the Humanities Institute launches a two-year inquiry centered in the emerging discipline of the environmental humanities, with both “the humanities” and “the environment” understood broadly. This theme coincides with our work on a Global Humanities Institute on Climate Justice and Problems of Scale, scheduled for Summer 2022. We aim to consider new ways to think with and complexify notions of “human”, “nature,” and “environment” and to explore human/environmental entanglements in the past, present, and future. Our interdisciplinary Faculty Fellows are pursuing projects grounded in environmental history, environmental ethics, environmental justice, environmental health, environmental education, ecocriticism, architecture, science and technology studies, and feminist and queer geographies, among others. Topics range from social and cultural dimensions of climate change and resource depletion to utopian and dystopian fiction, indigenous and postcolonial cosmologies, generational politics, challenges of scale, and hope and despair, to mention just a few.

The Humanities Institute Faculty Seminar meets weekly one semester of each academic year to explore a biennially selected issue or theme that lends itself to inquiry across a broad disciplinary spectrum. Designed to promote intellectual collaboration and collegiality across college and departmental lines, the seminar is open to faculty by application. Successful faculty applicants are appointed as Humanities Institute Fellows and receive a one-course teaching load reduction for the semester of their appointment in the Institute. Each faculty fellow typically leads one session of the seminar on work or interests related to the theme. Many Faculty Fellows take the opportunity to work on a large project or book during the semester of the seminar.

Each group of Fellows invites four or five distinguished visitors whose work has been formative for the issues under discussion to guest-lead sessions of the seminar and deliver public lectures in the Institute's Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series. The lecturers for 2020-22 will be announced in the Humanities Institute newsletter, on this web site, and through social media. Past annual themes have included: "Narrative Across the Disciplines," "Health, Well Being, and Healing," "Imagined Futures," "Ethical Life in a Global Society," "The Future of Disciplinary Knowledge," "Texas in Global Contexts," "Modernity," "The Work of Religion: Past, Present, and Future," "Remembering and Forgetting, Collecting and Discarding," and "The Human and its Others."

Read about the 2020-2022 class of Faculty Fellows and their projects HERE

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