Summer Seminar - Ecology and Ethnicity: Sustainability Studies' Contributions to Place
July 8 - 13, 2013 at UNH Durham
For humanities scholars looking to expand their knowledge of sustainability science and transform their scholarship in sustainability studies
The dynamic new field of sustainability science, focused on coupled human-natural systems, invites greater participation from scholars in the humanities. To this end, the Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) is offering a new summer seminar designed to introduce humanities scholars to sustainability science while enabling them to explore --and define-- a more radically transdisciplinary sustainability studies. Our topic allows us to bring together place-based environmental studies with cutting-edge research into regional communities of color.
Many Humanities scholars tend to work either in "environmental humanities" OR in "ethnic studies/cultural heritage management" without ever really meeting in the middle. We want to start mapping the middle. Mornings will be devoted to discussing new scholarship, and afternoons will be spent in workshop form: writing, researching, and sharing writing. Participants will have the opportunity to make tangible progress on a chapter, article, or other work, and perhaps to contribute to an edited collection.
Darren Ranco will lead us through a discussion of "Sustainability Science 101," not only to introduce humanities scholars to the concept of coupled human-natural systems, but also to open a conversation about how humanists can contribute to these conversations in more profoundly interdisciplinary ways. He will also share some of his work on indigenous basket makers' responses to emerald ash borer invasion.
Angel Nieves will lead us through a discussion of cultural heritage management, again to prompt to some field-defining conversations around Humanities' and Ethnic Studies' need for stronger engagement with environmental factors. He will also share some of his work archiving Tanzanian women's oral histories and African-American cultural geographies.
On at least one afternoon, Siobhan Senier will offer an (optional) workshop in the Omeka software platform for public history website-building. Other digital workshops (in ARCGIS, for instance) can be arranged. We will also offer at least one field trip into Portsmouth for the Black History Trail.
Our Seminar Leaders and Their Topics
Associate Professor of American Studies at Hamilton College
Heritage Management and Cultural Sustainability: Portsmouth’s Black Heritage Trail
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine
Associate Professor of English, UNH
New England Native American Writers: On the Ground and in the Archive
- The Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Durham campus is a convener, cultivator and champion of sustainability on campus, in the state and region, and around the world.
- UNH Durham is located about an hour north of Boston, in close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the White Mountains.
- Campus housing is available at the rate of $239.50 for an air conditioned single (6 nights) or $202.50 for an air-conditioned double. (Without air conditioning: $193 for a single and $160 for a double).
- Parking is available for a fee of $8/day. Participants who would prefer to stay off campus must stay in one of several area hotels.
- Breakfast and snacks are included in institute registration fees, and Durham offers a number of casual restaurants for lunch and dinner.
Application & Registration: Apply by March 15, 2013
- To apply for the seminar, please send a 1-page c.v. and 1-page statement describing your current research project to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15, 2013. You will be notified in April.
- Registration information coming soon.
- Faculty: $750
- Graduate Students: $500
- Some scholarship support is available; please inquire.
Contact Siobhan Senier at email@example.com.
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