Torch - Smith School symposium: Mind the environmental gap - humanities, interdisciplinarity and environmental challenges
This Symposium sprang from the Smith School-TORCH Humanities Seminar Series, which began in October 2012.
It is based on the belief that environmental thinking – often shaped by a combination of the physical and social sciences – would be much enriched if there were more emphasis on the diverse perspectives provided by the humanities. This is not a new idea. However the 2001 assertion made by Professor Jonathan Bate in The Song of the Earth still seems to be true more than a decade on: 'The values with which the humanities have taught us to regard humankind have rarely been extended to the material world which the sciences examine and technology transforms.'
Emerging environmental challenges require a paradigm shift in the relationship between humans, the sciences, and our planet. The humanities must surely be at the core of any such environmentally-driven cultural change.
This interdisciplinary Symposium will investigate cultural aspects of societal engagement with environmental challenges, and the interactions between culture, the physical and social sciences and policy in achieving change. To this end our panels will challenge and contextualise the seeming present-day separation between humanity and nature by exploring four key themes – Footprints, Biodiversity, Animals and The State.
The Torch Smith School £1,000 prize for creative work on the environment.
Thanks to the generosity of an external donor, three prizes of £1000 will be awarded to outstanding pieces of creative, critical or historical work in each of the fields of literature, music and visual art that is in the spirit of the upcoming TORCH-Smith School 'Mind the Environmental Gap' Symposium.
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(NB The events on Friday are open to all, but you must register to attend the Saturday events. To register please email email@example.com with your name and what day(s) you wish to attend.)
Day 1 - Friday 25th October 2013
14:00 - 15:00 | Welcome Keynote Address | Seminar room, TORCH, Radcliffe Humanities Building
Prof Jonathan Bate CBE- Provost of Worcester College, University of Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature; (author of "Song of the Earth)
Tea | Radcliffe Humanities Building
17:00 - 18:15 | "Writing Environments: Entanglements of Nature/Culture in Literature and Music" | Seminar room, TORCH, Radcliffe Humanities Building
T. A. Barron - Popular nature and children's author (author of the Merlin saga)
Dr Daniel Grimley - Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
Opening Response: Richard Kerridge - Nature writer; ecocritic (author of "Writing the Environment: Ecocriticism and Literature")
(The 'mind the environmental gap' prizes in literature, music and art will be awarded at the end of this session)
20:30 - 21:30 | Musical Performance | Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, St Hilda's College
The Ligeti Quartet
Day 1 - Friday 26th October 2013
8:00 - 8:30 | Registration + Coffee
8:30 - 8:45 | Introduction
8:45 - 10:25 | Panel 1 | Footprints
David Sergeant - Lecturer in English, Plymouth University
Kirsty Jenkinson - Director, Markets and Enterprise Programme, WRI
Peter Cusack - Member, CRISAP-Research into Sound Arts Practice
Dr Hayden Lorimer - Reader, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
10:25 - 10:55 | Tea
10:55 - 12:35 | Panel 2 | Animals
Jamie Lorimer - University Lecturer in Human Geography, Fellow of Hertford College, University of Oxford
Jamie Castell - Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford
Harriet Ritvo - Arthur J. Conner Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mark Stanley-Price (Senior Research Fellow at Univ of Oxford Wildlife Conservation Unit (WildCru))
12:35 - 13:35 | Lunch
13:40 - 15:20 | Panel 3 | Biodiversity and Biocultural Diversity
William Beinart, Rhodes Professor of Race Relations, African Studies Centre, University of Oxford
Tom Thornton - Director of the MSc Programme, Environmental Chance Institute, University of Oxford
Dan Brockington - Professor in Conservation and Development, University of Manchester
Yavinder Malhi (TBC), Professor of Ecosystem Science, University of Oxford
15:20 - 15:50 | Tea
15:50 - 17:30 | Panel 4 | The State
Prof Bernard Silverman, Chief Scientific Adviser, Home Office; Professor of Statistics and member of the Statistics Department, University of Oxford; Senior Research Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
Myles Allen - Lecturer in Physics; Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Monica Toft - Professor of Government and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Governance, University of Oxford
Richard Kerridge - Nature writer, ecocritic and coordinator of Graduate Studies and Research in the Humanities, Bath Spa University
17:30 - 17:45 | Reflections: Key Insights in Brief
Elleke Boehmer - Professor of World Literature in English, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
20:00 - 22:00 | Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, St Hilda's College
Koyaanisqatsi - The Film | Screening + Discussion
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