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IEHN Network Meeting - Steven Hartman - 3 February 2016

IEHN Meetings

3rd February, 2016, Trinity College Dublin

The 26th Public Lecture & Meeting of the Irish Environmental History Network featured a talk by Professor Steven Hartman, entitled "Inscribing Environmental Memory: Bringing the Historical Past and Underrepresented SSH Knowledge to the Global Change Agenda".

Abstract: This talk discusses the research initiative Inscribing Environmental Memory (IEM), an unfolding experiment in Integrated Environmental Humanities that draws together scholars from literary studies, archaeology, anthropology, historical ecology, geography, environmental history and historical climatology. The IEM initiative seeks to complete and refine our understanding of how past societies responded to environmental change by drawing upon the rich vein of medieval saga literature unique to Iceland, alongside equally rich material cultural and palaeoecological data from Iceland and the wider North Atlantic. A deeper historical focus informed by critical humanities scholarship has been largely absent in previous research on Global Change. If we wish to come to terms with the implications, and potential complications, of human-environmental interactions in the future, we would do well to better understand those of the past. The IEM initiative seeks to address this need through a model of closer integrated collaboration among researchers in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. The initiative is a collaboration between NIES and the North Atlantic Biocultural Organization (NABO) under the Circumpolar Networks program of IHOPE (Integrated History and Future of People on Earth), a core project of Future Earth.

Bio: Steven Hartman is Professor of English at Mid Sweden University, where he also leads the Eco-Humanities Hub (ECOHUM) and chairs the Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (NIES). He coordinates the Circumpolar Networks program of IHOPE (Integrated History and Future of People on Earth), a core project of Future Earth. His most recent work focuses on mapping environmental consciousness and environmental memory in literature; integration of the Environmental Humanities in Global Change research and policy; and collaboration between artists and academics in mobilizing knowledge and public action on climate change issues.

The lecture took place on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, in the Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. The meeting was Chaired by Dr. Charles Travis, Trinity College Dublin.


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