Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative Launch
Tuesday 6 December 2016
Faculty Tower Auditorium CEU
Nádor utca 9, Budapest 1051
With EAH members Maja and Reuben Fowkes (Translocal Institute), Alan Watt (Dept of Environmental Sciences and Policy), Guntra Aistara (Dept of Environmental Sciences and Policy) and Hyaesin Yoon (Dept of Gender Studies)
Artist presentation: Oto Hudec
Gardening in Mirror Land
Introducing the programme of the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative, the launch will include short talks by its core members on the relevance of the environmental humanities in their respective research fields.
Slovak artist Oto Hudec (1981) will present his latest works about bees, water and climate refugees. He has worked in the US, South Korea, Cabo Verde and Portugal, while his practice includes painting, video, sculpture and art in public space with a focus on topics such as migration, social justice, and the impact of globalisation on the environment.
The Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative at Central European University Budapest aims to create a common platform for academic researchers, cultural practitioners and ecological activists working at the intersection between scientific and humanities-based approaches to the environment, with a particular focus on the role of artists, curators, filmmakers, architects, writers and theorists in creatively negotiating planetary issues. It responds to the demand in the Anthropocene for new intellectual and cultural approaches that combine a natural and social-scientific understanding of Earth systems with the knowledge and values of the arts and humanities. Aiming to foster research into the relationship between nature and culture and explore critical transformations in environment and society in conversation with the critical positions of feminism and post-colonialism, it invites perspectives from the human and non-human inhabitants of the margins of a new geological age.
The programme of the Initiative includes a series of public lectures by researchers, theorists and artists held at Central European University during 2016-18, a two-day conference in May 2016 and an environmental humanities course on Visual Cultures of the Anthropocene. The blog ECOhUMANITIES.ORG is both a resource for environmental arts and humanities related news, events and opportunities and a platform for critical responses by guest writers.
The Initiative is based at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy with the support of the Humanities Initiative at Central European University, and realised in collaboration with the Translocal Institute. For more details, and to subscribe to our newsletter, please visit: www.ceu.edu/eah
Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative