Conference Statement - Covid-19 Update
It is with great regret that we, the organisers of Art + Anthropocene, have had to postpone the conference due to take place in York. In light of ongoing Covid-19 developments and with recent departmental decisions at the University of York, we have had to make the hard decision to postpone the conference for now.
This is a very difficult statement for us to have to write, as we have worked tirelessly to put together an amazing two days for you all. This in itself wouldn't have been possible without the fantastic submissions we received from yourselves, for which we remain extremely grateful.
With all this said, we want to reassure you that this won't be the end of this extraordinary venture and we are already in talks with our funding bodies in the hope that we can roll-over our funds to the next academic year. We believe this conference represents a special opportunity to bring disciplines together and we would be amiss if we didn't try to rearrange it for a future date. Once the uncertainty of the current climate has passed and we have been reassured of our financial position, we will be in touch with more information regarding the revived Art + Anthropocene.
Please accept our heartfelt apologies that we have had to make this decision, and we sincerely hope that we will get to welcome you all to York before too long!
Isabelle and Lauren
"Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years.
Climate change" - David Attenborough
Today, we live in a world which is experiencing unprecedented global change. From melting glaciers to increasing wildfires, tropical storms to population displacement, understanding how our planet is changing is crucial to both ours and the planets future. Recent media attention of the climate crisis has generated an urgent need for an international awareness of these pressing issues, with the youth climate activist Greta Thunburg and Extinction Rebellion, among others, inspiring a public climate movement. Highlighting these major world concerns, Art + Anthropocene aims to bring together an interdisciplinary approach to art and environment for all audiences, so as to better communicate climate change and the Anthropocene.
This two day conference at the University of York aims to bring together scholars in the sciences, social sciences and humanities to explore the effects of climate change on our global environment and how the respective disciplines are responding to the changes taking place. Art + Anthropocene seeks to identify the intersections between art, culture and the environment from a broadly interdisciplinary perspective, highlighting major world concerns such as the climate crisis, population displacement and declining wildlife populations, among others. Recognising the importance of the Anthropocene and climate change across these wide-ranging disciplines is decisive in making both of these fields more relevant and accessible to a wider, non-specialist audience.
In the organisation of this conference we are fortunate to be working alongside the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity (LCAB), the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI) and the Humanities Research Centre. As such, we hope to inspire wider interdisciplinary thinking, discussion and collaboration.
Please follow the eventbrite link below to register!
We look forward to seeing you!
* We are busy putting together an exciting programme for this conference, including talks from leading experts across a variety of fields, an interactive workshop and a keynote lecture by Prof. Jule Doyle (University of Brighton). This will be released in due course...*
Dates For Your Diary
26th - 27th March 2020
Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York
Call for Abstracts Opens - 11th September 2019
Call for Abstracts Deadline - 15th December 2019
Registration Opens - 17th January 2020
Conference Programme - 10th February 2020
(Download available below)
Prof. Julie Doyle
Professor of Media and Communication, The University of Brighton
Professor Julie Doyle researches in media and communication and is an authority on climate communication. Her research examines the ways in which media and culture shape our understandings of, and responses to, climate change.
With a particular focus upon visual communication, Prof. Doyle has worked collaboratively with visual artists and cultural educators, and provided consultancy for environmental NGOs, government and the sustainability communications sector on best practice for climate and environmental communication.
Imaginative engagements: critical reflections on visual arts and climate change
Doyle, J., Mar 2019, Art, Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene. Delaware: Vernon Press.
The cultural politics of climate branding: Project Sunlight, the biopolitics of climate care and the socialisation of the everyday sustainable consumption practices of citizens-consumers
Doyle, J., Farrell, N. & Goodman, M. K., 16 Jul 2019, In : Climatic Change. p. 1-17 17 p.
Celebrities and Climate Change
Doyle, J., Farrell, N. & Goodman, M. K., 1 Sep 2017, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press (OUP)
For more information: https://research.brighton.ac.uk/en/persons/julie-doyle
We are researchers based within the History of Art and the Environment and Geography Departments, University of York.
Our aim is to bridge the gap between the Humanities and Sciences, bringing about cross-departmental collaboration and interdisciplinary scholarship.
Dr Isabelle Gapp
PhD Researcher - History of Art
Research Interests: The Circumpolar North, Scandinavian and North American landscape painting 1880-1930, art and ecology.
PhD Researcher - Environmental Geography
Research Interests: Greenland Ice Sheet, ice sheet hydrology, remote sensing, UAV photogrammetry, climate change, science communication
Dr David Rippin
Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography
Research Interests: Glaciers and ice sheet change, ice dynamics, geomorphology, remote sensing, modern photogrammetric techniques, surface drainage of polythermal glaciers
Dr Penny How
Remote Sensing Specialist at Asiaq Greenland Survey, Nuuk
Research Interests: Greenland Ice Sheet, remote sensing, photogrammetry, ice dynamics
We would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting this event
HRC Collaborative Postgraduate Project Grant
Humanities Research Centre, University of York
York Environmental Sustainability Institute
University of York