Category: Center Activities

Crossing Species and Cultures: New Histories of Pacific Whaling

By Ryan Jones (All photos courtesy of the author) In late June, the Rachel Carson Center cosponsored a two-day pre-read workshop at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa on “Crossing Species and Cultures: New Histories of Pacific Whaling.” Participants were invited to think about…

Where Have All the Insects Gone?

For many of us, engaging with insects doesn’t extend much beyond swatting away flies and mosquitoes, or calling on bigger and braver friends to deposit unwanted “visitors” outside. And yet, as E.O. Wilson observed, it is we who are the visitors in “a primarily…

Retreat to The Greenhouse

Last week, four doctoral students from the ENHANCE Innovative Training Network (Anna Antonova, Vikas Lakhani, Jeroen Oomen, and Eveline de Smalen), made their way to beautiful Stavanger for a writing retreat, where they met up with the ITN coordinator, Roger Norum, and the RCC’s doctoral…

Sites of Remembering: Landscapes – Lessons – Policies

By Eveline de Smalen On 27 and 28 April, the Rachel Carson Center hosted Sites of Remembering: Landscapes – Lessons – Policies. This workshop was born of a desire to enable research in the humanities and social sciences to speak to policy and to…

How New Are the Renewables? Historicizing Energy Transitions

Workshop Report (21–23 February 2018, Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany) By Odinn Melsted *All images courtesy of the author In February of 2018, the Deutsches Museum in Munich, in cooperation with the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, hosted the academic workshop “How New Are…

The Rights of Nature: A Global Movement

Last night, the Carson Center co-sponsored a discussion screening of the documentary The Rights of Nature: A Global Movement at DOK.fest Munich. The screening was followed by a discussion with directors Val Berros, Hal Crimmel, and Isaac Goeckeritz, moderated by Christof Mauch. The documentary is…

Transformations in Environment and Society

by Arielle Helmick In February 2018, a group of Carson fellows and staff headed to Abu Dhabi—not for a mid-winter beach trip, but rather for the inaugural collaborative workshop between the RCC and the newly founded Earth Humanities Research Initiative at New York University…

Snapshot: The Lookout

By Jonas Stuck When I first reached the Lookout, I was blown away by the spectacular plunging cliffs and the magnificent views across the sea and the Outer Hebrides. But I hardly had any time to enjoy the sunset—a storm was about to hit northern…

Hazardous Time-Scapes: How to Make Sense of Toxic Landscapes from Multiple Timed, Spaced, and Embodied Perspectives?

Workshop Report (30 November–12 December 2017, Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany) by Laura Deal (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) How do we understand toxic environments? What roles do time, space, narration, and embodiment play in our conceptualizations of what it is for something to be considered “toxic”?…

Tales from Piplantri

“A Fable for Today…” By Vidya Sarveswaran We are just beginning to hear the murmurs of a nervous street. The sky above is like handmade parchment. Powder blue with swirls of crimped clouds. The air is heavy with the cloying smell of equally heavy…

Lives Wasted: Garbage as a Forgotten Dimension of the European “Refugee Crisis”

by Maximilian Feichtner and Theresa Leisgang A deflated rubber boat is washed up on the eastern coast of Chios. Once the waves have buried it under rocks and it becomes even more entangled with seagrass, you will hardly be able to see it. But…

Mumbai Deluge 2017: Nowadays Rain Gods Have a New Tool—Plastic Bags!

by Ayushi Dhawan We often do not think twice before buying a plastic bag at a supermarket or a shopping mall. It’s bought because it’s needed and discarded after being used for a short while. How harmful can these everyday practices be to our…