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Environmental Humanities in the Public Realm

The Nexus Centre is hosting a four day workshop, “Environmental Humanities in the Public Realm,” May 8-11, 2018. The workshop will ask how scholars can better insert their work into policy processes, serve the needs of communities facing environmental challenges, and disseminate their work (primarily through digital media) to the general public. The workshop draws on the diverse perspectives of prominent invitees and scholars at Memorial (see workshop schedule). The workshop participatns represent a breadth of expertise in fields such as environmental economics, gender, environmental history, political ecology, environmental literature, environmental philosophy, environmental justice, and Indigenous issues.

The workshop will consist of three days of activity, including a student training day devoted to mentoring best practices for public engagement, digital dissemination, and community-based research on environmental issues. The second and third days are devoted to discussion of pre-circulated papers from invitees on how their particular sub-discipline has contributed to the resolution of environmental issues, and how the public dimension of their work can be augmented in the future. The workshop invitees will devote considerable discussion to the creation of a national network of environmental scholars and research institutions in Canada that will coordinate and cultivate public interest scholarship in the field.

The workshop results will be circulated widely through a variety of media. The workshop papers will form that basis for an edited collection on environmental scholarship in the public interest, while workshop participants will also co-author a more focused open access journal article in this area. Workshop talks and events will be broadcast and summarized in blog postings.

The Nexus Centre is grateful to the following workshop funders: The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Memorial University’s Vice President Research Office, Memorial’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Memorial’s Labrador Institute.