Course Objective- The student has an overview of key theoretical positions within the
- The student is aware of the added value of interdisciplinary research
in approaching the complex issues of the Anthropocene.
- The student is able to explain concepts, perspectives, and theories
from their own discipline of study to facilitate interdisciplinary
- The student is able to analyze key questions in the environmental
humanities with the help of integrated perspectives, methods, or
concepts from two or more disciplines.
Course ContentThe Environmental Humanities are a relatively new interdisciplinary
field of study which addresses the interrelatedness of nature and
culture, and the role of the Humanities in tackling the environmental
crisis. Students are encouraged to connect questions, issues and
methodologies from different humanities perspectives, such as art and
culture, language and literature, history and philosophy, to probe
pressing environmental concerns. Combining theoretical perspectives with
case studies from art, literature, and history, we will focus on
overarching topics such as the nature/culture divide, concepts of the
Anthropocene / Capitalocene, relations between decoloniality and
ecological thought, and posthumanist approaches to multispecies ethics.
Method of Assessment30% participation (presentation of articles, discussion, oral
presentations); 70 % final paper.
LiteratureTo be announced on Canvas.
Target AudienceThis course is open to MA and RMA students in a Humanities programme who
are interested in Environmental Humanities. You do not need to have
taken courses in the field of Environmental Humanities before, but it is
useful if you have some affinity with critical theory. The level of
English in this course is quite high. Please contact the course
coordinator if you wish to participate from outside the Humanities.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||dr. K. Steenbergh|
|Examiner||dr. K. Steenbergh|
dr. K. Steenbergh
prof. dr. K. Kwastek
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