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The Environmental Humanities in a Changing World

by Princeton Environmental Institute

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When environmental studies programs first began appearing in American universities over forty years ago, interest in the subject came almost exclusively from the sciences. Today, however, the situation is very different, as concern for environmental issues has now also swept across the humanities, impacting the study of literature, art, music, history, religion, philosophy, and much, much more. Moreover, poets, novelists, photographers, playwrights, performers, and a variety of additional artists are now producing works reflecting and commenting upon our present environmental situation. This two-day conference not only brings together leaders from a range of fields in the environmental humanities, but also prominent artists producing work with environmental import. The goal is to both provide succinct overviews of these fields and introduction to this art, as well as to consider how these various approaches can work together for the future of our planet. This conference capitalizes on previous initiatives and accomplishments and serves as an important foundation for further development of the environmental humanities as an integral component of environmental studies at Princeton with promise for expanding alliances and introducing an array of opportunities for scholarship and teaching.