• Art + Anthropocene

    Culture, Climate and Our Changing Planet

    - University of York, TBD -

  • 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!


    Warmest wishes,

    Isabelle and Lauren

  • Welcome!

    We would like to welcome you to attend our first
    Art and Environment interdisciplinary conference at the University of York in March 2020.


    This conference aims to bring together an encompassing perspective of two distinct disciplines to explore the relationship between the visual arts, the sciences and the current climate crisis.


    *All are welcome*

    Registration is now open!



  • About

    "Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years.
    Climate change" - David Attenborough

    Our Aim

    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.

  • Registration

    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)

  • * Conference Programme *

    Click to download our Art + Anthropocene conference programme!

  • Keynote Speaker

    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.


    Latest Publications:


    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 

  • Organisers

    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.

    Lauren Rawlins

    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

  • Sponsors

    We would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting this event

    HRC Collaborative Postgraduate Project Grant

    Humanities Research Centre, University of York

    Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity

    University of York

    York Environmental Sustainability Institute

    University of York

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