Environmental Humanities for the 21st Century

VII Public Conference SARAS2 - December 11th 2017, Maldonado, Uruguay


Reassessing the interaction between humans and nature has become a hot topic on the environmental agendas of governmental institutions as well as in social trends in society. Environmental Humanities emerge as a trans-occupational and transnational perspective which comes from the synergy between social and environmental sciences, from the union between philosophy and esoteric environmental history, art and nature, earth sciences, political and social ecology. This conceptual framework challenges the divisions between social and environmental sciences because they are limited when it comes to analyzing, articulating and understanding the challenges of the 21st century. 

Contemporary art, films and literature, in a wide range of forms and genres are contributing to these debates, where cultural and ancestral traditions are also being re-evaluated through an ecological mind frame. This new way of thinking and understanding ourselves, requires a critical view with respect to the objects that are studied and the fundamental opposites (like the human/non-human, artificial/natural, etc.), which make up the foundation of their disciplines. The Environmental Humanities seek to promote resilience and sustainability through the production of knowledge with a strategic value to solve specific environmental problems or challenges.

At SARAS, our mission is committed to the development, recognition and identification of Environmental Humanities as a way of thinking which is a key tool to advance in the analysis and understanding of the complex problems that affect contemporary society. This is the main topic of our VII Public Conference in 2017, which will bring academics, humanitarians and writers with an environmental focus, to study and interpret art, literature, film and culture in general.


  • To disseminate the recent work and challenges in the study of narratives, traditions, moral preferences, religious values, identities, epistemologies, ontology and aesthetics, regarding social-environmental changes and their interactions.
  •  To promote the interaction and collaboration between humanists, social scientists and natural scientists, to enhance the production of strategic knowledge.
  •  To create a network to promote the study of Environmental Humanities in South America.


Organizing team: Jorge Marcone (Rutgers University- SARAS Institute), Laurie Beth Clark (University of Wisconsin-Madison – SARAS Institute) and Jesse Kercheval (University of Wisconsin-Madison – SARAS Institute).

Local organizing team: Paula Bianchi (SARAS Institute), Néstor Mazzeo (SARAS Institute-CURE) and Micaela Trimble (SARAS Institute).


Registration free of charge completing the online form here


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The South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS) is an emerging transdisciplinary institute designed to generate critical insights allowing South America to build sustainable futures. It seeks integration across a broad range of knowledge using innovative approaches and integrating social and natural sciences, mathematics and arts.

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