EHI has received support for 2020-23 through CLA's Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop program for activities proposed as "Environmental Humanities Initiative 2.0: New Directions in Research and Outreach." Efforts will focus on widening the EHI network of affiliated faculty and graduate students, providing support for graduate research, and creating venues for the dissemination of Environmental Humanities research as p
Intimacy, Gender, and Ecology: Reconsidering the Work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Stuart Deets, Art History
Traditional narratives and analysis of the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres has focused on his contributions to post-minimalism, his personal relationships, or the ongoing AIDS crisis. However, Stuart proposes that his work also has something important to say about the relationship between politics, aesthetics, and ecology that is useful as we grapple with different problems in each of those three categories.
Environmental Humanities Initiative graduate scholar Timothy Frye talked with us about Latin American literature, the interdisciplinary trajectory of the field, and the successes (and failures) of his reading group Natures’ Empires. Read below for a treasure trove of readings, people, and experiences that have influenced Tim’s thinking.
How does Latin American literature inform your interest in the environmental humanities?
The Camp 8 Stand: The Story of the Cloquet Forestry Center's Old-Growth Red Pines
Politics of Weeds was an experiential exhibition that sparks conversations and shares ways of knowing that center community and cultural relationships with plants that question the politics of weeds. Artists and scholars Bo Zheng (City University of Hong Kong) and Diane Willow (University of Minnesota) are collaborating with Cante Suta-Francis Bettelyoun, Sayge Carroll, Reb L Limerick, Lisa Philander, Koua Yang, and Marcus Young to present this month-long experiential exhibition.
UMN faculty and students recently received a Humanities Without Walls grant of $141,899 to fund "Field to Media: Applied Musicology for a Changing Climate." Each team member--Mark Pedelty (PI), Elja Roy (UMN Comm Studies), Yan Clark (UMN Music), Rebecca Dirkson (Indiana U) and Tara Hatfield & Michael Silvers (Illinois U)--will conduct field research and produce music video-based campaigns with informants in China, Tanzania, Haiti, India, and North America.