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Stockholm University, Sweden, 2014-

The Environmental Humanities without Humanism

How might we conceive an environmental humanities that takes into account the tremendous focus on human survival in the era of climate change without returning simplistically to a human-centered mode of thought, innovation, and critique? If the concepts of humanism and human nature as once understood no longer hold, then how might humans place ourselves in a world already shifting away from the climatic limits of our thriving? The question of what it means to be human in this ecological moment and how to narrate the problem of “being human” lies at the center of Anthropocene thinking and, too, at the core of the environmental humanities’ efforts, as an interdisciplinary field, to complement climate activists and artists. We will look at a diverse set of readings speaking to the broad goal of the environmental humanities to project “being human” into an imaginable, if injured, future.