The Humanities are playing an ever greater role in "grasping" what is going on in terms of the planet. Take for example the field of Energy Humanities: “Energy humanities” is a rapidly emerging field of scholarship that overcomes traditional boundaries between the disciplines and between academic and applied research. Like its predecessors, energy humanities highlights the essential contribution that the insights and methods of the human sciences can make to areas of study and analysis that were once thought best left to the natural sciences."
There is some fabulous work being done in this area.
-The work of Imre Szeman (Alberta) is key here:
-Also at Alberta, co-directed by Szeman and Sheena Wilson, there is the fabulous Petrocultures project, "a new research cluster at the University of Alberta whose aim is to support, produce, and distribute research related to the socio-cultural aspects of oil and energy in Canada and the world today."
-Danine Farquharson and Fiona Polack, both at Memorial University, have been working on a joint research project called "Cold Water Oil": "We are examining how the North Atlantic offshore oil and gas industry is imagined in a wide range of high and popular contexts – everything from oil company websites, to government-sponsored documentaries to literary fiction."
-See also the After Oil project.
Project THE HUMANIST anthropocene
is a thought archive and workspace of Phillip John Usher (NYU) at the crossroads of early modern humanism and the problems and insights of the Anthropocene. Main Research Page.
ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment)
Environmental Humanities (journal)
Resilience (A Journal of the Environmental Humanities)
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