• 15 January - Evelyn Araluen Corr and Jonathan Dunk (University of Sydney)
    Indigenous literature, poetics, and decolonisation
    Poetry reading and discussion, in association with Bath Spa's MA Creative Writing and the Poetry Hub
    Burdall's Yard, Bath
    8.00pm (bar opens at 7PM).
  • 12 February - Giovanna Gioli (Geography, Bath Spa University)
    The Semiotics of Rubble
    An exploration of the (in)visibilities of rubble in Disaster and Climate Change research
    In association with Bath Spa's Hazard, Risk and Disaster Research Group
    Commons G24
  • 25 March - Sian Sullivan (Environmental Humanities, Bath Spa University)
    Densities of Meaning in West Namibian Landscapes
    Holburne Museum, Bath

Affiliated events in 2020

16-19 April -  - in association with Bath Spa's Intercultural Communication through Performance Research Group. 


16 January (in collaboration with the Centre for Cultural Communication through Practice) - Sounds and the sacred in rock art soundscapes

Margarita Díaz-Andreu, ICREA Research Professor, University of Barcelona
Commons Building (226) 2PM - 4PM 

Sounds and the sacred in rock art soundscape - an interdisciplinary exploration of the acoustics of landscapes marked by past communities with prehistoric rock art.

13 March - The Common Line: Landscape Politics, Creative Practice and Digital Geographies

John Wylie, Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Exeter
Commons Building (G24), 6 to 8PM

John Wylie will discuss , a 100-year tree planting project along the length of Britain, from the north west of Scotland to the south coast of England.

27 March - Melissa Harrison reading and discussing her new novel, All Among the Barley

Melissa Harrison, author
The Bookshop, The Paragon, Bath BA1 5LS

中文乱码字幕无线观看A masterful evocation of the rhythms of the natural world and pastoral life, All Among the Barley is a powerful novel about the lessons of history and the dangers of nostalgia.

10 April - Animal-Computer Interaction: Animals as Co-Designers of Multispecies Technologically Supported Ecosystems

Clara Mancini, Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design at The Open University 
Commons Building (G24), 6 to 8PM

中文乱码字幕无线观看Clara Mancini will discuss how the emerging field of Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) aims to change the focus of animal-machine interactions by recognizing animals as primary stakeholders, users and co-designers in these interactions.

8 May - Toxic dwellings? The ecocides of globalised consumer society

Professor Owain Jones
The Holburne Museum, Bath

In this talk, Professor Owain Jones will explore how globalsied capitalist consumer cultures (GCCCs) create what is being termed ‘toxic dwellings’, or ways of being-in-the-world which are (apparently) experientially rich and fulfilling, but which are also toxic to the well-being of individuals, communities and the environment in the way they are produced, consumed and disposed of.


17 June - How western science and sacred science converge to save a species

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
6:30PM - 9:30PM

中文乱码字幕无线观看Linda Tucker and ecologist Jason Turner discuss the work of the , which has united ancient indigenous knowledge with western science to help save the species, reviving ecosystems and human value systems in a leadership model of sustainable living with mutual benefits for lions, land and people.

16 October - Is Nature Healing? Exploring the History and Future of the 'Nature Cure'

Samantha Walton
Is Nature Healing? Exploring the History and Future of the 'Nature Cure'
Holburne Museum

29 October - The Fight for India's Wildlife

Prerna Singh Bindra (nature writer, journalist, and conservationist)
In association with the Creative Writing department
Commons G24

30 October - Human Origami: The Folding Continuum of Human-Environmental Life (workshop and talk)

Glenna Batson (visiting Fulbright Senior Specialist)
In association with the Creative Corporealities research group
University Theatre

13 November - DIRt (Dance In Regional disaster zones)

Rosalind Crisp 
In association with the Creative Corporealities research group

11 December - Whale falls, suspended ground, and extinctions never known

Michelle Bastian (Environmental Humanities, University of Edinburgh)
Newton Park, Main House 1.11


17 January - Tim Dee: Writing a Season

中文乱码字幕无线观看Tim Dee, nature writer and BBC presenter:

Writing a Season中文乱码字幕无线观看 – a talk about a work in progress about the world in progress.

21 February - Susana Carvalho and Rene Bobe Quinteros

中文乱码字幕无线观看Susana Carvalho and Rene Bobe Quinteros 

A new stand on primate adaptations to complex environments and implications for early human evolution中文乱码字幕无线观看 - An exploration into non-human primate archaeology.

14 March - Simon James: Natural Meanings and Cultural Values

Simon James, Associate Professor, Philosophy, Durham University

Natural Meanings and Cultural Values中文乱码字幕无线观看 - "The land is part of me and I will one day be part of the land". 

21 March - Tim Ingold: Noise, Sound, Silence

Tim Ingold, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen  

Noise, Sound, Silence中文乱码字幕无线观看 - "Life begins in the noise of birth and ends in the silence of death. In between is sound."

18 April - Performing Environments Forum

The Bath Spa Research Centre for the Environmental Humanties invites you to a free evening of three talks on the nature of 'performing the environment' at the Holburne Museum. 

  • Tiago Gambogi (Brazilian contemporary dancer, actor, and choreographer) - The dancer who pulled a canoe on a Xingu river made of tarmac or The strength in the fragility of the solo Artivist or When I gave a white rose to BHP Billiton’s CEO
  • Ellie Nixon (Bath Spa University) - Moving Rock: Embodied Correspondences with the Material World as a Force for Creative Action
  • Thomas Kampe (Bath Spa University) - Moving Beyond: Site-Responses, Eco-Soma & other Performance – Activisms. 

16 May - Erin Kavanagh and Iain Biggs: The Crow Road

Erin Kavanagh and Iain Biggs

This performative presentation has at its core a new poem by Erin Kavanagh entitled The Crow Road, taken as a basis for reflecting both on aspects of the relationships between non-human and human beings and on related issues of place, presence and absence. 

7-8 June - Marine Transgressions Conference

Marine Transgressions is a two day Environmental Humanities  that will take place on the 7 and 8 June 2018 at the Create Centre, located on the banks of the river Avon by the entrance to the historic floating harbour in Bristol, UK.

It is a collaboration between the Environmental Humanities Research Centres of the  and Bath Spa University.

17 October - Linda Williams: The Problem with Posthumanism

Linda Williams, Associate Professor in Cultural and Environmental History, RMIT University
中文乱码字幕无线观看Commons Building (CM.G24) 6-8pm

-中文乱码字幕无线观看 a critical reassessment of the turn to posthumanism in the environmental humanities.

29 October - Glenn Albrecht and Vic McEwan: Solastalgia, Wild Fire, and the Butterfly Kiss

Glenn Albrecht, Honorary Fellow, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney and Vic McEwan, Artistic Director of The Cad Factory
Commons Building (CM.105) 5-7pm

 - philosophical and artistic perspectives on environmental trauma.

14 November - Mike Hannis and Sian Sullivan: Mining the Skeleton Coast: Nature, Capital and History

Mike Hannis, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Humanities, Bath Spa University
Mining the Skeleton Coast - exploring continuities and discontinuities between past and present extractive industries in coastal Namibia

12 December - Stefan Skrimshire: Eschatological Imagination in an Age of Extinctions

Stefan Skrimshire, Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds
Commons Building (G24) 6-8pm

Eschatological Imagination in an Age of Extinctions中文乱码字幕无线观看 - Rethinking Christian end-time imaginaries in the face of the 'sixth mass extinction'.

Past events

Inaugural Symposium

Environmental Humanities: Doing Interdisciplinarity with Depth

15-16 December 2016

For videos of the symposium presentations, please .


  • Greg Bankoff (Modern History, University of Hull)
  • Emily Brady (Philosophy and Environmental Humanities, Edinburgh University)
  • David Farrier (English and Environmental Humanities, Edinburgh University)
  • Steven Hartman (Literature and Environmental Humanities, Mid-Sweden University)
  • Graham Harvey (Religious Studies, Open University)
  • Poul Holm (History and Environmental Humanities, Trinity University, Dublin)
  • Graham Huggan (English and Environmental Humanities, Leeds University)
  • Mike Hulme (Climate and Culture, King’s College, London)
  • Michael Northcott (Ethics, Theology and Environmental Humanities, Edinburgh University)
  • Wendy Wheeler (Culture, Ecology and Biosemiotics, London Metropolitan University and Goldsmiths College, London)
  • Nicola Whyte (History and Environmental Arts and Humanities, Exeter University


Event Programme Text:

中文乱码字幕无线观看It is increasingly well-recognised that today’s complex socio-environmental problems cannot be adequately understood, let alone redressed, from either side of the nature-culture divide that structured the modern constitution of knowledge, and that remains embedded in our educational and research institutions, as well as in dominant cultural imaginaries and social practices. Over the past few decades a growing number of scholars on both sides of the great divide have embraced the challenge of multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary research. In some cases, this has also entailed creative conversations between modern Western and other ways of knowing.

Bath Spa University’s Research Centre for Environmental Humanities seeks to advance this multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary project across the University, in collaboration with artists, scholars, extra-academic organisations, and the wider community, locally, nationally and internationally. However, we also recognise that this is easier said than done. In our inaugural symposium, we therefore want to move beyond motherhood statements to explore the challenges involved in doing interdisciplinarity well and ‘at depth’ across the Environmental Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and to consider the impediments and opportunities that might line our potential pathways to impact.

Among the key questions that we will be pursuing with a group of eminent scholars from diverse disciplines and inter-disciplines are the following:
What is the place of in-depth specialist knowledge in the inter- and transdisciplinary space of the Environmental Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences?

中文乱码字幕无线观看Might the distinct methodologies conventionally deployed by different disciplines express deeper onto-epistemological divides, and if so, how might these be exposed and negotiated?

With increasing acknowledgement of the value of local and indigenous knowledges (e.g. in the 2014 IPCC Report on Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), there is a risk that such traditional stores of knowledge might be mined for global policy agendas that disregard the particular interests, values and ontologies of generally marginalised and disempowered communities. How might this risk be averted?
What diplomatic protocols might be called for in conducting cross- and inter-cultural, along with inter- and transdisciplinary research in the Environmental Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences?

中文乱码字幕无线观看As policy-makers press for greater interdisciplinarity, notably in response to the ‘global challenges’ posed by the UN’s new Sustainable Development goals, do we need new models of evaluation to ensure scholarly rigour while fostering innovation?

How might inter- and transdisciplinary research best be advanced within higher education? What challenges does this pose to current institutional structures, degree programmes, and pedagogies?

中文乱码字幕无线观看What impediments and opportunities exist for researchers in the Environmental Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to engage effectively with extra-academic communities, media, businesses, NGOs, and policy makers?

What types of national and international association and vehicles of communication might provide the best avenues for advancing the Environmental Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, locally, nationally and internationally?

Being Human Festival of the Humanities

中文乱码字幕无线观看As part of the British Academy’s Festival of the Humanities, Bath Spa presented three public engagement events concerning peoples’ hopes and fears in relation to environmental change:

Changing Landscapes, Rising Waters

November 19

Burdall’s Yard, Bath


Kate Rigby, Owain Jones and Sam Walton present a series of short talks and film screenings arising from their current research projects, all of which concern peoples relationships with the watery worlds of ocean, estuaries and rivers during a time of rapid climatic and environmental change.

Environmental Literature Reading and Discussion

November 21

Toppings Bookstore, Bath


Three of Bath Spa’s creative writers, Stephen Moss, Maggie Gee, and Samantha Walton, will read from their work and discuss how it explores the hopes and fears that are inextricably entangled with the living landscapes we inhabit at this time of rapid environmental change and biodiversity loss.

“Gobaith ac ofn; Dwy sgriniad / Hope and fear: two screenings”

Friday 25 November

Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
Aberystwyth, Friendship Inn,

14.00–16.00 (Timeline)
19.00–21.00 (Y Gors)

We used to think of climate change as something that happens in far-flung places, or in the future. Yet many of us have now experienced extreme weather in West Wales. How do we make sense of this? Join us for a screening of two short films. Timeline takes us on an ecological journey from the low-lying island nation Kiribati back home to Aberystwyth, where the promenade is eroded by waves. The second film is ‘Y Gors’, a community-produced film and soundscape about Cors Fochno, the raised bog that occupies a significant position in the psyche of the locality. If the bog had a voice, how would it sound and what would it say to us? Visit the page's  for event times.

Professorial Lecture: Professor Kate Rigby, Director of Bath Spa University’s Research Centre for Environmental Humanities

Infernal Ecologies: Literature, ethics, and fire 'down under’

October 5th 2016

Newton Park G23/24 Commons


This talk brings an ecocritical perspective to the phenomenon of wildfire, with specific reference to the potentially catastrophic firestorms of south-eastern Australia, which are set to become more frequent and intense as the planet warms and droughts lengthen and deepen as a consequence of anthropogenic climate change. This research is located within a longer history of transdisciplinary conversations in the environmental humanities in Australia since the late 1990s.

Putting pressure on the concept of ‘natural disaster’, attention is brought to the complex entanglement of human and nonhuman players in the genesis and unfolding of socio-ecological calamity. As the work of environmental historians, such as Tom Griffiths and Stephen Pyne, have demonstrated, such entanglements are particularly intense in the case of bushfire in Australia, the fieriest continent on this fiery planet.

Here I argue that literary works of the creative imagination open a space within which to consider also their affective and ethical dimensions, and conclude with a discussion of two very different poetic responses to the cultural ecology of bushfire: Henry Lawson’s “The Fire at Ross’s Farm” (1891) and Jordie Albiston’s “Lamentations” (2013), written in the wake of the Victorian firestorm of 2009.

ACU Commonwealth Summer School 2017

Saturday 5 - Sunday 13 August 2017

Environmental Humanities: Perspectives in Practice – Postgraduate Forum

Friday 14 July, 2pm-6pm, Newton Park Commons Rm. 136.

中文乱码字幕无线观看The first Environmental Humanities Postgraduate Forum is intended as a student-led event, providing an opportunity for presentations on work-in-progress, to which staff are warmly invited. Refreshments will be provided, with a small reception closing the event.

Speakers’ Abstracts and Bios

Patricia Brien

Stroudwater Scarlet cloth

Exploring the dynamic human & non-human relations in site-specific fabric – boundless Kin(g)doms that matter 

中文乱码字幕无线观看Initial investigations into Stroudwater Scarlet cloth ('Strouds'), the red woollen cloth and the related industries and artefacts emanating from the Stroud Valley, shows an intriguing mesh of colonial and trade relations as evidenced by material objects including uniforms and indigenous garments. This 'social life' of the fabric bears witness to both Colonial and commercial forces and unexpected use within a global trade network. The nonhuman network embedded within the cloth is legible too and this research seeks to ‘read’ the elements inherent in the cloth. By interpreting the 'process of mattering' (Barad, 2003) we may comprehend several viewpoints and beings that are 'caught in the fabric of the world' (Merleau-Ponty). Through a body of reflexive, practice-led research projects it is anticipated that the interpretation of the material objects and artefacts may provide other understandings of human and non-human relations. The project-led component of my research will be divided into four different categorisations of matter state based upon a determined number of elements in the fabric. The methodology will be differentiated for each 'Kin(g)dom'.

Patricia Brien is currently Principal Lecturer in Fashion and 3D Design at the University of South Wales. Her area of specialisation is sustainability, materiality and alternative spiritualities in relation to textiles and garments. She completed her MA Research (Textiles) at RMIT in 2015 under the title of Re-Enchanting Fashion which explored notions of place, material and ritual in a participatory project called Spiritus Loci. She holds a BA and MA (course work) in English Literature from UNSW. She lives in Stroud and participates in earth-centred circles.


Aiyana Rosen

Human-Animal Relations in the German Dairy Industry

A genealogical analysis

Despite their strongly controversial character, human-animal relations in dairy production have hardly been focussed on in human-animal studies, the environmental humanities or adjacent fields of research. Therefore, in my thesis I investigate human-animal relations in the German dairy industry using Foucault's concept of genealogy as well as his archaeological method of discourse analysis. The key sources that my analysis is based on are agricultural science books and agricultural literature of three historical time spans between 1800 and 1970. Additionally, I look at contemporary agricultural (science) discourse. Drawing on the Foucauldian concept of power-knowledge, I seek to answer the question as to how the knowledge on cows used for dairy production historically evolved within power-knowledge relations. Additionally, I analyse how this knowledge materialised in actual practices and the bodies and lives of the cows. On a methodological level, I seek to answer the question as to how a Foucauldian genealogy has to be adapted in order to adequately analyse human-animal relations.

Aiyana Rosen is a Ph.D. student at the Institute for Political Science of the Free University Berlin. She has been at the Centre for Environmental Humanities in Bath for a research semester since April. Aiyana holds an M.A. degree in political science, modern history and philosophy. One of her main research interests is the critical analysis of human-animal relations. In that field she has co-edited two books and published several papers. She is a co-founder of a research group for human-animal studies (Chimaira) as well as one of the founding members of an educational organisation (Mensch Tier Bildung) that creates and gives workshops on animals in agriculture.

Ben Crushcov

I’ve come to talk to you briefly about the script for a feature film I’m writing, as part of my MA course, about a group of Greenpeace protestors who were arrested in the Arctic. The group were called the Arctic 30 – unsurprisingly the name of the film – and you might remember them and their plight from the time of the incident, back in 2013.

My talk will cover how I came to be writing my own draft for a film that has actually been scheduled to get made and how I approached the research and creative processes of the project. Mine is what you might consider ‘a ghost draft’. I am sending it to the producer, who said he will forward it on to his ‘creative team’, but there are already well-known and professional writers working on the official draft.

Ben Crushcov中文乱码字幕无线观看 is an MA Scriptwriting student from Corsham, who is specialising in writing for television, radio and independent films. He has spent the last four years of his life teaching English and gaining profession experience as a features writer and editor,  whilst studying at BSU – he completed a first class honours degree in education and creative writing, before moving on to a postgraduate course this year. He is a single parent to two boys and a rugby coach, and aims to teach the craft of writing in academia alongside developing his screenwriting career after graduating.

Lydia Halcrow

Mapping place through the visual arts: a contemporary approach to landscape.

In this paper I will look at contemporary artists who create visual artwork, primarily paintings and drawings that ‘map’ and ‘record’ different aspects of a place. The work moves away from a traditional ‘landscape view’ towards a more layered, ambiguous representation of a place and its uses. I will examine different processes and techniques being used; from John Virtue’s multiple panels of landscape imagery to Julie Mehretu’s layered drawings of historical buildings and unrealized architectural plans; Ingrid Calame’s tracings of spills and graffiti along the L.A River and Mark Bradford’s use of found paper flyers from his neighbourhood.

Within this context, I will discuss the development of my own visual artwork in response to walks along and research into the Taw and Torridge Estuaries in North Devon as a way to capture and convey a sense of their unique identity. Themes of walking, texture, time, memory, layers and the small or overlooked details underpin my work, which aims to create multifaceted and multi-layered ‘maps’ that provide a textural response in an increasingly digital world 

Lydia中文乱码字幕无线观看 is an Artist and Researcher currently part-way through a practice-based PhD in Fine Art. Her focus is an ongoing exploration of abandoned places captured through painting, drawing and experimental recording techniques. She adopts processes that engage with passing time, weathering, decay and entropy to reflect the natural processes that are particular to the places where she walks and works. Her works come together to create a series of multi-layered, textural maps and recordings that aim to capture and convey her experience walking in and researching a place.

Charlotte Shipperley

“Flooding the Bathtub: The Politics of Invisibility and Community Resilience in Behn Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)”.

The intensification of coastal erosion has left the road leading to the Isle de Jean Charles in Southern Louisiana vulnerable to flooding, cutting off the island from the mainland. Its jeopardy is just one example of the environmental challenges facing the bayou communities. As an important symbol in Behn Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, the erasure of the road dissolves the path to family, dwelling place and home. This paper explores the film’s focus on water as a material center and geopolitical framework for theorizing diasporic and regional connectivity. It builds upon Nixon’s conception of “unimagined communities” to argue that Zeitlin urges a reconsideration of anthropogenic environmental change in terms of defiance against the effects of industrial-capitalist development. It shows how the adaptive survival of the Bathtub community departs from the concept of environmental disaster as singular, relating it to past policies of deregulation and privatization enacted across the region.

I completed my BA in English Studies at the University of Exeter in 2013 and returned later in the year to undertake an MA in English Literary Studies, researching representations of flooding in contemporary literature and film.

I am very fortunate to have been awarded a Studentship in the Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University. My thesis, entitled “‘[S]wift with the advancing tide’: Flood Narratives in the Anthropocene”, examines the ways in which the material and discursive particularities of flood narratives and their political trajectories act as topological metaphors for examining environmental relations within the Anthropocene.

Ruth Olden, PhD

Lost world of the nearby: Minimal ethics on Govan Graving Docks

In this presentation I will consider what it means to do engaged environmental humanities research on a fated landscape. The focus falls on a rewilded ruined landscape in the city of Glasgow, Govan Graving Docks, a significant cultural landscape that now faces contested commercial redevelopment. In 2014, I staged a repertoire of salvage-research practices on the docks to better understand the communities, ecologies and enduring bonds that stood to lose out to the redevelopment, and also to make meaningful differences on the ground in the process. These practices were emergent, urgent, collaborative and public-facing, and strongly influenced by Zylinska’s ‘minimal ethics for the Anthropocene’ which identifies modes of working for contexts in which life is under threat. By identifying the particular challenges that the fated landscape presents to the invested researcher, and the methodological resources that are available to sustain research in contexts of destruction and uncertainty, this presentation will consider what it means to respond to the dispossessions, extinctions and alienations wrought by the Anthropocene. A creative pragmatics (that can be put to work in instances of local environmental change) will be proposed for discussion and debate.

Ruth is a cultural geographer, landscape architect and landscape writer, and she holds a PhD in cultural geography from the University of Glasgow. Ruth is interested in the bonds that tie people and place, and how they can become a source of resilience in times of environmental and social uncertainty. Her work takes her to ruins, wastelands and industrial shadowlands, where these connections are under increasing strain. She works with communities to critically story these landscapes, to imagine and to enact new forms of environmental engagement, and ultimately to forge new kinds of resiliencies and dependencies across local landscapes and communities.

Laura Denning

Primordial; Hydrofeminism and Deep Listening

Astrida Neimanis, in her essay Hydrofeminism (Or, on becoming a body of water) asks what might becoming a body of water – ebbing, fluvial, dripping, coursing, traversing time and space, pooling as both matter and meaning – give to feminism, its theories and its practices?’ (2012:86). In undertaking a PhD is response to this question I have set myself up to explore potential responses through my art practice. My work has as its foundation the practice of painting, and over the years this has developed into film-making, or moving paintings. These are often combined with sound works that I call sonic drawings.  All my work uses water as a motif. I recently curated and presented a group exhibition that brought together eleven artists whose work considers how humans and other species relate to water. I shall consider a selection of the artworks as the vehicle for this paper.

中文乱码字幕无线观看Recipient of the BSU Research Centre for Environmental Humanities inaugural PhD Studentship. I trained as a painter and now use moving image, and sound, augmented reality and live art. I am particularly interested in site, data and sensation. My work is regularly selected for exhibition across the UK and beyond – my latest film (a conversation between an island, the mainland and the ocean, produced with the help of communities on Barra in the Outer Hebrides) will have been screened in the UK, USA, Italy, Greece, Australia, Portugal and Sweden by the end of 2017, in venues such as the Arnolfini, Bristol, Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth, and various international academic institutions. This project includes collaboration on a chapter of a book ‘Imagining Islands: Visual Culture in the Northern British Archipelago’ to be published by Routledge in late 2017.

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