Course content

Feminism, postcolonialism, and posthumanism all use critical, creative, and affirmative methods. In what ways can research contribute to change through imagining and engaging with the environment and civic society? How to move beyond traditional criticism in order to inspire and relate to novel ways of thinking (Haraway’s alterworlding)?

Taking its point of departure in questions like these, the course aims to facilitate ethical engagement through the use of different creative and innovative methods in order to develop creative skills and strategies to communicate one’s research. Students will be encouraged to develop and experiment with strategies that express their own research in relation to image, seminar production, curatorship, alternative narratives/academic writing. They may also come up with ideas how the general public can be involved in and contribute to research, for instance through the development of the civic arts and citizen science.

Learning outcomes

In order to pass the course, students are expected to be able to demonstrate:

  • the ability to demonstrate a holistic understanding of environmental issues, including the creative arts
  • the ability to discuss methods that facilitate the translation of research into active citizenship
  • the ability to formulate strategies that express their own research within one or more of the areas of image/curatorship, storytelling/creative writing, citizens science

Practical information

The course encourages independent student work and is concentrated into two teaching blocks separated by several weeks, facilitating nonlocal student participation. The seminars are taught by an interdisciplinary team of instructors and include visiting exhibitions to examine the ways in which the Environmental Humanities can make a difference in our understanding of issues such as climate change and loss of biodiversity. Workshops encourage students to actively work with methods that emerge in the meeting between the Environmental Humanities and the creative arts.

Period: Second half of spring semester 2020 (March 23 — June 7)

Course dates: week 17, April 20–23 april, and week 20, May 11–14.

Language of instruction: English

Course director: TBA

Theme coordinator: Christina Fredengren

Course title in Swedish: Miljöhumaniora och konstnärliga uttryck i världen

The course is offered by the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Aesthetics and the English department.

The course is part of the theme Environmental Humanities.