Eco-Critical DH

THATCamp Eco-Critical DH 2016 is a regional event, co-sponsored by the Duke Digital Humanities Initiative and UNC Libraries’ Research Hub, which will highlight the intersections of digital humanities and environmental justice.

Following recent efforts to ask DH to engage with social justice work, we believe there is a compelling opportunity for digital practice to engage environmental issues such as climate change, environmental justice, and new scales of thinking in the Anthropocene.

Environmental Humanities is a cross-disciplinary approach that brings together history, philosophy, cultural studies, art and literature, social theory, environmental science, energy and technology studies to offer new forms of critical representation and narratives of the relationship between humanity and ‘nature.’ A Digital Environmental Humanities embraces multimodal methods, and public-facing projects to do the same all the while being self-conscious of its own environmental impact.

Eco-Critical DH could be multiply conceived:

  • There are ways we can be more conscious of the socio-environmental impact of how we use technology
  • there are ways we can use our technologies to raise consciousness about global environmental justice issues
  • there are ways we can use our technologies and digital methods to respond to, and intervene in, current environmental conversations and problems

We invite participants interested in sharing projects and/or creating new ones around these themes to join us for a day of conversation, collaboration, and discovery.

In the spirit of the subject of our THATCamp, we will be placing sustainable practice at the core of our activity. We will be applying for a Green Event Certification and with this we are asking our attendees to join us in follow certain protocols, such as using sustainable serve ware (aka, bring your own coffee mugs) and by making ‘green’ travel choices (aka, please walk, bike, bus, or carpool). See full details here.


Date: February 27, 2016
Time: 10:00-4:00
Location: Franklin Humanities Institute, Smith Warehouse Garage. Getting to Smith Warehouse


Amanda Starling Gould, Duke University: , @stargould
Stewart Varner, UNC Chapel Hill: , @stewartvarner




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