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Call for expressions of interest for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Environmental Humanities 367 131 Barbara Del Mercato

Call for expressions of interest for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Environmental Humanities

Venice, March 3rd 2020

Call for expressions of interest for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Environmental Humanities

 The Center for the Humanities and Social Change at Ca’Foscari University of Venice is seeking candidates for 4 Postdoctoral Fellowships in Environmental Humanities.

Applicants must have a PhD in any discipline of Humanities or Social Science. They must have worked in the area of Environmental Humanities or show potential for research interest in this field. Evidence of active research and publications in peer-reviewed journals will be an added advantage.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship will provide 35,000 euros per year before tax and the fellowship may be renewed for a second year depending on the progress of the fellow. The Fellowship may also give access to additional travel and research funding to present work at international symposia and/or organize events in Venice.

The Center for the Humanities and Social Change is an intellectual community with strong interactions with the European Center for Living Technology, all University departments, and many other cultural institutions in Venice. The fellows are expected to work in residence in Venice and actively contribute to the Center activities (e.g. offering seminars for the M.A. in Environmental Humanities and/or organizing academic and outreach events). They will be offered office space and full access to the university libraries and research facilities.

Your expression of interests should include a Curriculum Vitae (max 3 pages), the names and contact information of two referees, and a research project that includes a concept, a working plan, and expected results focusing on one (or more) of the following areas:

  • Environmental Humanities and water, flooding, sea-level rise, the ocean, blue humanities, water cultures, water politics, coastal areas.
  • Environmental Humanities and sustainable cities, strategies of adaptation, mitigation, resilience; cultural and artistic interventions to raise ecological awareness and envision sustainable lives.
  • Environmental Humanities and the human, nonhuman, posthuman: theories and cultural practices.
  • Environmental Humanities and migrations, diaspora, and ‘climate refugees’; colonial and postcolonial environments; climate justice.
  • Environmental Humanities and medical humanities: theories and practices.

For all these areas we encourage projects that provide a historical perspective; engage non-western and indigenous cultures; address issues of minority, gender, ethnicity, disability; suggest pedagogical and activist practices; engage with the tangible and intangible heritage of Venice and its contemporary art scene; formulate strategies of environmental communication.

Please direct expression of interest and queries by 10 April 2020 to:

Dr. Barbara Del Mercato, Project Manager – E-mail: hsc@unive.it (Subject: HSC_EOI)

After the closure of the present call for expressions of interest, HSC will issue a formal Call for Applications. Fellowships will begin September 1, 2020.

CANCELLED/ANNULLATO: La defamiliarizzazione del mondo: un seminario con Chiara Mengozzi 1024 576 Barbara Del Mercato

CANCELLED/ANNULLATO: La defamiliarizzazione del mondo: un seminario con Chiara Mengozzi

The seminar with Chiara Mengossi was cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Ca’ Bottacin, Dorsoduro 3911 (map), HSC seminar room (1st floor)

Registration is necessary: please email hsc@unive.it

The next seminar in our “Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series” is with Chiara Mengozzi on the topic of:

La defamiliarizzazione del mondo. Tre esempi di climate fiction francese (The defamiliarization of the world: the examples of Franch climate fiction)

Abstract (ITA):

La produzione letteraria che ha per oggetto il riscaldamento climatico costituisce un terreno privilegiato per pensare le frontiere della letteratura, siano esse esterne (relative alle intersezioni con il discorso scientifico e politico), o interne (relative alle sfide che questo iper-oggetto pone ai regimi di rappresentazione). L’intervento esplora queste questioni attraverso tre autori francesi di fantascienza – Jean-Marc Ligny, Dominique Douay e Claude Ecken – identificando le strutture narrative e i procedimenti formali attraverso cui essi mettono in scena il riscaldamento climatico nel suo decorso e nei suoi effetti, ambientali, sociali e psicologici.

L’iscrizione al seminario è necessaria/Please sign up if you would like to attend: hsc@unive.it

Any preparatory reading will be posted here (none available at the moment)

A seminar with Chiara Mengozzi: La defamiliarizzazione del mondo. Tre esempi di climate fiction francese.

THE SEMINAR IS CANCELLED. We apologise for any inconvenience

March 2, 2020, 2.00-4.00 p,m. 

This seminar is in Italian/Seminario in lingua italiana

Iscrizione necessaria/Registration is necessary: hsc@unive.it

Shaul Bassi in Princeton: Venice, Climate Change, and the Crisis of Imagination 1024 426 Barbara Del Mercato

Shaul Bassi in Princeton: Venice, Climate Change, and the Crisis of Imagination

February 20, 2020 at 4.30 p.m.
165 Wallace Hall, Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

HSC Venice Director Shaul Bassi will present a lecture organized by the Department of Sociology at Princeton University on “Venice, Climate Change and the Crisis of Imagination”.

More information here

Alessandra Viola: Trash! All you should know about garbage. 1024 485 Barbara Del Mercato

Alessandra Viola: Trash! All you should know about garbage.

Venice, February 10 at 5.30 p.m.
Aula A Ca’ Bottacin (Dorsoduro 3911)

Re Mida trasformava tutto quello che toccava in oro. Noi, più modestamente, in rifiuti. Abbiamo lasciato palline da golf sulla Luna e cambiato il clima con le nostre emissioni. Sepolto scorie chimiche vicino alle cascate del Niagara, disperso migliaia di rottami nello spazio attorno alla Terra. Un incontro tra curiosità e dati per ricostruire la storia di un’idea – quella del rifiuto – che nei secoli si è trasformata moltissime volte.

La seconda serie di incontri della  “Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series” si apre con una conferenza di con Alessandra Viola, giornalista, scrittrice, produttrice e sceneggiatrice per la tv, docente universitaria.

Alessandra Viola. Trash! Tutto quello che dovreste sapere sui rifiuti.

Ca’ Bottacin, Dorsoduro 3911 – Venezia

February 10, 2020 –  5.30 p.m. 

This event is in Italian/Evento in lingua italiana

Free admission/Aperto a tutti

Major changes in our Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series (II) 1024 576 Barbara Del Mercato

Major changes in our Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series (II)

Please note the following important changes in our calendar of events:

2 March – seminar with Chiara Mengozzi : CANCELLED

13 March – seminar with Elisabeth Kowaleski-Wallace: POSTPONED – This seminar (Reconsidering the Human in the Age of Coronavirus: A Humanist/New Materialist Perspective) was rescheduled online: April 1st, 3 p.m. Please email hsc@unive.it or grandi@unive if you would like to receive access code to the GoogleMeet session. 

18-20 March –  Afropean Bridges. Ecologies and Societies: POSTPONED. 

1-4 April: Incroci di civiltà, HSC @ Ocean Space: POSTPONED

20-21 April: Humanities, Ecocriticism and Environment: POSTPONED

29 April: seminar with Veronica Strang: POSTPONED

We apologize for any inconvenience and regret not being able to provide alternative dates. We hope to reschedule these events in the nearest possible future.

The Center for the Humanities and Social Change continues the series of seminars and lectures revolving around the Environmental Humanities from a wide array of perspectives.

Venues:
Ca’ Bottacin, Dorsoduro 3911.
lectures: Aula A
seminars: Aula seminari HSC (primo piano)/ HSC seminar room (1st floor)

Ca’ Dolfin, Dorsoduro 3825/D
Aula Magna Silvio Trentin

L’iscrizione ai *seminari è obbligatoria/
Registration is required for *seminars:
hsc@unive.it

The calendar will continue into July 2020, so please check back for updates on the third part of the series, May 2020

Errata corrige: please note that the seminar with Elisabeth Kowaleski Wallace (New Materialsm? New Humanism?) originally scheduled on March 12th will actually take place on MARCH 13th at 2.00 pm at Ca’ Bottacin, Dorsoduro 3911. We apologise for any inconvenience. Registration is required for seminars: hsc@unive.it

Amitav Ghosh returns to Venice for Gun Island 1024 576 Barbara Del Mercato

Amitav Ghosh returns to Venice for Gun Island

Venice, January 29 at 5.30 p.m.
Aula Magna Ca’ Dolfin,  (Dorsoduro 3825D)

Fully booked/posti esauriti – Streaming on line/Diretta in streaming: here/qui and in Room 1 at Ca’ Dolfin / e in Aula 1 di Ca’ Dolfin

Amitav Ghosh returns to Venice for the new event in our “Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series”. He will be presenting his latest book,  Gun Island (translated in Italian in 2019 as L’isola dei fucili), in a conversation with the translator Anna Nadotti.

Please register online: www.unive.it/lemieprenotazioni > Amitav Ghosh

The event is fully booked, but it will be streaming online on January 29 starting at 5.30 pm on Ca’ Foscari’s Youtube channel 

A review of Gun Island published by The Guardian

Amitav Ghosh, Gun Island/L’isola dei fucili. The author discusses with the translator Anna Nadotti

Ca’ Dolfin (Aula Magna), Dorsoduro 3825/D- Venezia

January 29, 2020 –  5.30 p.m. 

This event is in English. Italian translation available/Evento in lingua inglese. Traduzione disponibile

Registration is required: please go to www.unive.it/lemieprenotazioni > Amitav Ghosh

E’ necessaria la prenotazione online tramite il sito: www.unive.it/lemieprenotazioni > Amitav Ghosh

Marco Armiero. Storia ambientale, ovvero come godersi un po’ di riconoscimento accademico senza essere (troppo) disciplinati 1024 576 Barbara Del Mercato

Marco Armiero. Storia ambientale, ovvero come godersi un po’ di riconoscimento accademico senza essere (troppo) disciplinati

Venice, January 13 at 4.00 p.m.
Aula A Ca’ Bottacin (Dorsoduro 3911)

A new event in our “Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series”: a lecture (in Italian) by Marco Armiero (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) on: Environmental Humanities: how to enjoy some academic recognition without being (too) disciplined

ITALIANO – Un nuovo appuntamento nella nostra “Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series”.
Marco Armiero, dell’Istituto reale di tecnologia di Stoccolma, terrà una conferenza su: “Storia ambientale, ovvero come godersi un po’ di riconoscimento accademico senza essere (troppo) disciplinati.”

Abstract:
La storia ambientale è nata con la promessa di spostare il focus della storia dagli umani alla natura. In effetti, fu una rivoluzione per una disciplina così profondamente incentrata sull’umano come la storia. E’ una questione controversa se e quanto gli/le storiche ambientali siano state effettivamente in grado di porre la natura al centro della loro analisi. Direi che abbiamo avuto diversi tipi di storia ambientale, ciascuno con approcci, priorità e narrazioni diverse, quindi con un diverso grado di antropocentrismo.
Non vi è dubbio che, storicamente, la disciplina ha perseguito l’ambizioso progetto per superare il grande divario che separa le scienze dure dalle scienze umane. Sin dall’inizio geologi, silvicoltori,
biologi ed ecologi sono stati gli interlocutori primari. Gli/le storiche dell’ambiente dovevano imparare le lingue straniere di quelle discipline – per usare le parole di Donald Worster – se volevano capire il libro della natura. L’altra faccia della medaglia è stato un rapporto piuttosto debole con la storia e in generale con le discipline umanistiche. Nella mia presentazione intendo esplorare il contributo della storia ambientale nella formazione delle environmental humanities, in particolare riflettendo sulla dialettica tra adattamento / trasformazione del più ampio contesto accademico e disciplinare.
La sfida per una disciplina emergente – o anche per un campo emergente di studi – sembra sempre essere la scelta tra un progetto trasformativo, o persino rivoluzionario, e l’integrazione nel mainstreaming, ovvero nell’ambiente accademico esistente. Offrirò alcuni approfondimenti su questo tema attingendo dall’esperienza della storia ambientale  e delle environmental humanities…

Marco Armiero. Storia ambientale, ovvero come godersi un po’ di riconoscimento accademico senza essere (troppo) disciplinati

Marco Armiero is the Director of the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. More about him here and here

Ca’ Bottacin, Dorsoduro 3911 – Venezia

January 13, 2020 –  4.00 p.m. 

This event is in Italian/Evento in lingua italiana

Free admission/Aperto a tutti

Reframing Ecofeminism in a Posthuman Era: A seminar with Alessandra Chiricosta 1024 576 Barbara Del Mercato

Reframing Ecofeminism in a Posthuman Era: A seminar with Alessandra Chiricosta

Venice, December 10 – 2.00-4.00 p.m.
Ca’ Bottacin, Dorsoduro 3911 (map), HSC seminar room (1st floor)

Registration is necessary: please email hsc@unive.it

The next seminar in our “Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series” is with Alessandra Chiricosta (Università di Roma Tre and Roma Tor Vergata, adjunt professor at Venice International University) who will be discussing

Reframing Ecofeminism in a Posthuman Era.

Alessandra Chiricosta is a philosopher and a historian of religions, specializing in Southeast Asian cultures. She carried out studies and field research in many Asian countries. Her work has a particular focus on issues related to intercultural philosophy and cross-cultural studies, and on Gender issues in a post-colonial and transcultural perspective. Her publications include: Filosofia Interculturale e Valori Asiatici, 2014, O-barra-O; Following the trail of the Fairy-bird. Feminist movements in Vietnam in Mina Roces and Louise Edwards (eds.) Women’s Movements in Asia: Feminisms and Transnational Activism, Un altro genere di forza, Iacobelli 2019.

Please sign up if you would like to attend: hsc@unive.it

Any preparatory reading will be posted here (none available at the moment)

A seminar with Alessandra Chiricosta: Reframing Ecofeminism in a Posthuman Era

December 10, 2019, 2.00-4.00 p,m. 

This seminar is in English/Seminario in lingua inglese

Registration is necessary: please email hsc@unive.it

Grazia Francescato. L’arte eretica della sostenibilità 1024 576 Barbara Del Mercato

Grazia Francescato. L’arte eretica della sostenibilità

Venice, December 5 2019 at 5.30 p.m.
Aula A Ca’ Bottacin (Dorsoduro 3911)

A new event in our “Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series”: Grazia Francescato – environmentalist, activist, politician – will discuss the “Heretical art of Sustainability”.
“Why is sustainability an art? And why ‘heretic’? Heresy means choice. In an age which is drugged by the myth of unlimited growth, sustainability forces us to divert towards the path of ‘care’ and ‘limit’ and it warns us that, if we want to preserve the planet and our future, we need a qualitative leap in collective consciousness”.

ITALIANO – Un nuovo appuntamento nella nostra “Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series”.
Grazia Francescato – ambientalista, attivista, politica – parla dell'”arte eretica della sostenibilità”.
Perché la sostenibilità é un’arte? E perché ‘eretica’? Eresia vuol dire ‘scelta’.In un’epoca drogata dal mito della crescita illimitata,la sostenibilità ci obbliga a scegliere invece la strada della ‘cura’ e del ‘limite’. E ci avverte che, se vogliamo conservare il pianeta e il nostro futuro, ci vuole un salto di qualità della coscienza collettiva.

Grazia Francescato. L’arte eretica della sostenibilità

Ca’ Bottacin, Dorsoduro 3911 – Venezia

December 5, 5.30 p.m. 

This event is in Italian/Evento in lingua italiana

Free admission/Aperto a tutti

Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series (I) 1024 576 Barbara Del Mercato

Environmental Humanities Seminar and Lecture Series (I)

The Center for the Humanities and Social Change is organising a series of seminars and lectures revolving around the Environmental Humanities from a wide array of perspectives.

Upcoming events:
13 Novembre/November, 10.30 a.m. Ca’ Bottacin
Anu Kannike, Food for Thought: Museums as Agents of Food Heritage (*seminar – ENG) Cancelled due to extraordinary weather conditions

25 Novembre/November, 5.30 p.m. Ca’ Bottacin
Emanuele Montibeller, Arte Sella: l’arte incontra la natura (ITA)

5 Dicembre/December: 5.30 p.m. Ca’ Bottacin
Grazia Francescato, L’arte eretica della sostenibilità (ITA)

10 Dicembre/December, 2.00 p.m. Ca’ Bottacin
Alessandra Chiricosta, Reframing Ecofeminism in a Posthuman Era (*seminar – ENG)

13 Gennaio/January, 4.00 p.m. Ca’ Bottacin
Marco Armiero, Storia ambientale, ovvero come godersi un po’ di riconoscimento accademico senza essere (troppo) disciplinati (ITA)

29 Gennaio/January, 5.30 p.m. Ca’ Dolfin
Amitav Ghosh. L’isola dei fucili (Neri Pozza 2019) L’autore discute con/The author discusses with Anna Nadotti (ENG/ITA)

Venues:
Ca’ Bottacin, Dorsoduro 3911.
lectures: Aula A
seminars: Aula seminari HSC (primo piano)/ HSC seminar room (1st floor)

Ca’ Dolfin, Dorsoduro 3825/D
Aula Magna Silvio Trentin

L’iscrizione ai *seminari è obbligatoria/
Registration is required for *seminars:
hsc@unive.it

The calendar will continue into July 2020, so please check back for updates on the second part of the series, starting in February 2020