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The Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network presents researchers within the humanities with a forum in which to engage with each other’s work, to share insights, and develop collaborative partnerships.
This summer, we are delighted to be hosting the British Academy and Wellcome Trust conference, ‘Resisting Toxic Climates: Gender, Colonialism, Environment‘. This special in-person event will take place on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th July at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. The registration link and draft programme can be found here.
Whether it’s the spectacular event of an oil spill or the scarcely perceptible pollution of micro-plastics, toxicity is central to the environmental concerns of today. To exist in the world means being vulnerable to multiple forms of toxicity. Yet, conditions of vulnerability are unequal, shaped by enduring global histories of colonialism and capitalism.
This two-day event will highlight the toxic valences of coloniality, asking how toxicity manifests and mutates with particular regard to gender across variously situated bodies, lands and waterscapes. While we are concerned with the interrelated forms of material toxicity that threaten the wellbeing of human and more-than-human communities, we also seek to facilitate dialogue around pertinent social, political and cultural discourses of toxification. Operating at the intersections of the medical and environmental humanities, and centering feminist, queer, decolonial and Indigenous paradigms, this interdisciplinary event brings together scholars and practitioners working across disciplines and employing creative and/or critical modes of enquiry to explore these topics.
Resisting Toxic Climates will feature a series of original artworks by Natasha Thembiso Ruwona and Caitlin Stobie, produced in response to the themes and setting of the event. The programme will also feature a tour of the exhibition Shipping Roots by Keg De Sousa, led by the exhibition curator Emma Nicolson.
Professor Cecilia Åsberg, Linkoping University & KTH
Professor Astrida Niemanis, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Professor Patricia Widener, Florida Atlantic University
Dr J.T. Roane, Rutgers University
Dr Metzli Yoalli Rodriguez, Forest Lake University
Dr Jason Allen-Paisant, University of Manchester
Dr Christine Okoth, Kings College London
Dr Treasa De Loughery, University College Dublin
Dr Dipali Mathur, Ulster University
Dr Thandi Loewenson, Royal College of Art
Dr Craig Santos Perez, University of Hawaii
Dr Hannah Boast, University of Edinburgh
Dr Alycia Pirmohamed, University of Cambridge
Natasha Thembiso Ruwona
This event is in-person only and places are limited so early registration is encouraged. Unfortunately we are unable to facilitate remote attendance.
British Academy/Wellcome Trust Conferences bring together scholars and specialists from around the world to explore themes related to health and wellbeing. This event has been made possible with additional support from the University of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network, and the Leverhulme Trust.