Graduate Workshop - ' Emotions and Environment: Historiographical Challenges'

What role does the bio-physical environment have on human emotional wellbeing and, conversely, what role does human emotion have on the environmental management?

Glenn Albrecht, following research into the impact of recent drought and open-cut coal mining in New South Wales, discusses the emotional effect that environmental degradation can have on residents, identifying the concept of ‘solastalgia’. Can such research of contemporary phenomenon be of use to historians? Can humans have an emotional relationship with the bio-physical environment? Can such an emotional relationship effect environmental management or other human action? Has this effected change in the past?  Consider these questions in relation to your own research, pondering whether an understanding of emotional responses to the environment impacts on the players in your research and in what ways.

This workshop will involve informal group discussion during which all participants will contribute.  Prior to the workshop participants will read a short journal article: Solastalgia: The Distress Caused by Environmental Change by Glenn Albrecht et. al.  All disciplines are welcome.

Workshop participants must be currently enrolled in a doctorate and working in a field that engages environmental issues. Attendance will be capped at 10 participants.

How to apply

Workshop participants should send a short abstract that highlights issues of emotion and environmental management. These will be pre-circulated to registered participants and encourage a supportive and constructive atmosphere in which ideas can be aired and arguments sharpened.

Expressions of interest should be submitted no later than Monday 8th April to:

Dr Rebecca Jones (convener) or
Dr Gregory A. Barton (convener)

Date & time

Wed 17 Apr 2013, 11am–1pm


SDSC Reading Room, Hedley Bull


School of History


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