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Upcoming & Recent Events

Jack Halberstam on Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire

EHI is pleased to co-sponsor a talk by Jack Halberstam on Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire (Duke, 2020), which offers an alternative history of sexuality by tracing the ways in which wildness has been associated with queerness and queer bodies throughout the twentieth century. The talk will be held on Wednesday, October 13 at 5pm on Zoom. Halberstam is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality at Columbia University, as well as a UMN graduate (Ph.D. in English Literature, 1991). This event is presented by the Department of American Studies and is co-sponsored by the departments of English and GWSS, and the Center for RIDGS. (Register for the Zoom event here.)

Contemporary Developments in the Environmental Humanities: 2021 Transatlantic Conversations Series

Join EHI co-organizer Dan Philippon for "Contemporary Developments in the Environmental Humanities," a panel conversation which will consider current perspectives on ecocriticism and the environmental humanities through an interdisciplinary and comparative lens. Dan Philippon will be joined by co-panelist Alexa Weik von Mossner from the University of Klagenfurt. The conversation will be moderated by David Clay Large, IES Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the UC Berkeley Austrian Studies Program. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Science and Technology Austria (OSTA), Washington DC and the Center for Austrian Studies. It will take place on Wednesday, October 6 at 12 pm CST. (Watch the event recording here.

Online Conference: Toward a New Way of Being with Plants (June 17-18, 2021)

April 21, 2021


This free two-day online event will explore human/plant connections, including ethics in human treatment of plants, plant sentience and communication, and opportunities for developing more respectful and reciprocal relationships between humans and plants.

The goals of this conference are to:

  • inspire people to change the ways in which they think about, interact with, and utilize plants so that their actions will be more respectful toward and collaborative with plants

  • advance the perspective that plants are much more complex, sentient, and intelligent than is commonly acknowledged

  • provide a forum for Indigenous and other perspectives that promote more respectful ways of relating with plants

  • help to connect people who are interested in working for more respectful treatment of plants

  • encourage and support the development of a network seeking to increase respectful treatment of plants that will continue after the event

  • inspire and encourage scholarly emphasis on plant-human relationships

Visit the conference agenda (with links) here. Visit the conference website here or register here.

Artwork courtesy of Zachari Logan. Detail image of a portion of Esta Selva Selvaggia, No. 2, pastel on black paper, 47 x 94 inches, 2019.

Dialogues in the Environmental Humanities - A Virtual Seminar Series

Spring 2021

Join us for "Hyperobjects: An EHI Interview and Q&A with Timothy Morton" on Friday, February 26 from 2pm - 3:30pm (Zoom link). Host Dr. Mark Pedelty will kick off the event in conversation with Dr. Morton before opening up to an interactive Q&A with the audience.

Missed the conversation? Listen to it here on the Public Lands Podcast.

Join us for "Dialogues in the Environmental Humanities: A Conversation with EHI graduate fellow Chris Bowman" on Friday, March 12 from 1:30 - 3pm (Zoom link, passcode: 0Vk6QE).

Join us for "Environmental Storytelling" with authors Kendra Atleework and Clare Boerigter on Friday, March 26 from 2pm - 3:30pm (Zoom link, password DKKbM0). In Miracle CountryKendra blends family memoir with a rich environmental history of her California home-place. In her work for the Cloquet Forestry Center (CFC), Clare enlivens science and history through storytelling. Explore Clare's work for the CFC, including a multimedia piece on old-growth red pines and a historical collection of life at the Center.

Join us for these events—if there’s an appetite for more, we’ll happily continue the Dialogues series based on your suggestions.