• Art + Anthropocene

    Culture, Climate and Our Changing Planet

    - Virtual Seminar Series, March 2021 -

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    We would like to welcome you to attend our first
    Art and Environment interdisciplinary and virtual seminar series in March 2021.


    This seminar series adapts the original conference (planned for March 2020) and 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.



  • 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.


    This virtual seminar series brings 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 programme 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.


    We look forward to seeing you (virtually) in March 2021!


  • Programme & Registration

    13.00-16.00(GMT) - March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd

    Please note that registration is required for each separate event

    The respective registration links are available at the top of each day's programme. Registration is limited.


    Do contact us if you have any questions: artanthroyork@gmail.com

    WEEK 1 (2nd March) 13.00 – 16.00(GMT)



    13.00 – 13.10 Welcome


    13.10 – 14.25 Animals, Art and the Anthropocene

    Moderator: James Boaden


    Rosamund Portus (University of York)

    Art and Ecology: Reshaping Environmental Crises Through Creativity


    Owen Gurrey (University of Sheffield)

    Anthropocene Perspectives in John Burnside’s The Hunt in the Forest


    Ana Peraica (Danube University Krems)

    Migration of Species into Images and Databases


    14.35 – 15.35 Keynote

    Moderator: Isabelle Gapp


    Julie Doyle (University of Brighton)

    Imagining Futures: Creative Collaborations for (Youth) Climate Engagement


    15.35 – 15.45 Closing Remarks

    WEEK 2 (9th March) 13.00 – 16.00(GMT)



    13.00 – 13.10 Welcome


    13.10 – 14.25 Anthropocene in the Modern Age

    Moderator: David Shaw


    Matthew Cotton (Teesside University)

    Art, Ethics and Deliberative Engagement with Climate Change Futures


    Michal Krawczyk (Griffith University)

    Humanure! On composing with Gaia and (aesth)ethics of composting human waste.


    Steve Cinderby (SEI, York)

    Using Creative Methods to Improve Inclusion in the Delivery of Localized 2030 SDG Targets? Examples of Sustainable Transport and Air Pollution from Nairobi and Kampala


    14.35 – 15.50 Temporal Landscapes CANCELLED

    Moderator: Lauren Rawlins


    Michael Cooper (University of York)

    Unearthing the Forgotten Record of Glacier and Ice-sheet Change


    Tonje Haugland Sørensen (University of Bergen)

    An Industrial Fairytale? Theodor Kittelsen’s Industrial Landscapes in an Eco-Critical Perspective


    Rachel Magdeburg (University of Wolverhampton)

    Contemporary Painting on Hollow Ground: Disappearance of Nature-as-Background in the



    15.50 – 16.00 Closing Remarks

    WEEK 3 (16th March) 13.00 – 16.00(GMT)



    13.00 – 13.10 Welcome


    13.10 – 14.25 Within the Water

    Moderator: Bryce Stewart


    Katey Valentine (University of York)

    The Hidden Microbial World of Environmental Plastic


    Suzi Richer (Richer Environmental/University of York) & Laura Denning (Bath Spa University)

    Sounds and Samples


    Karen A. Stock (Winthrop University)

    Building Castles in the Sand and Sparking Sympathy in Sun & Sea (Marina)


    14.35 – 15.50 Coastlines and Climate Change

    Moderator: Ed Garrett

    Alexander Jardine (University of York)

    Coastal Storms: Records from the Landscape and Literature


    Richard Carter (University of Roehampton)

    ‘Datascene’: Nonhuman Perception in the Art of the Anthropocene


    Lucy McMahon (University of York)

    Nature-Based Solutions: How Our Coastlines Help to Mitigate Climate Change


    15.50 – 16.00 Closing Remarks

    WEEK 4 (23rd March) 13.00 – 16.00(GMT)



    13.00 – 13.10 Welcome


    13.10 – 14.25 The Living Land

    Moderator: MaryClaire Pappas


    Julie Reiss (Independent Scholar)

    Fertile Land, Barren Land: Sopheap Pich’s Ratanikiri Valley Grids


    Declan Wiffen (University of Kent)

    Mimetic naturecultures and multispecies world-making: Olafur Eliasson's Moss Wall and Natasha Lavdovsky's Rootless Designs


    Claudia Rosenhan (University of Edinburgh)

    Energy F/Flows Through the Environment (Handout)


    14.35 – 15.50 ‘The Awe of them Came on Me’: Ursula Le Guin and the Power of Trees

    Moderator: Isabelle Gapp


    Liesl King (York St John) and Alison Dyke (SEI, York)

    Please see the attached handout, as you may want to read it in advance if you have time.


    15.50 – 16.00 Closing Remarks


  • Keynote Speaker

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    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:


    Practising everyday climate cultures: understanding the cultural politics of climate change

    Goodman, M. K., J. Doyle, N. Farrell., Sep 2020, Climatic Change 163: 1-7.


    Creative Communication Approaches to Youth Climate Engagement: Using Speculative Fiction and Participatory Play to Facilitate Young People's Multidimensional Engagement with Climate Change

    Doyle, J., May 2020, International Journal of Communication 14: 2749-2772


    Imaginative engagements: critical reflections on visual arts and climate change

    Doyle, J., Mar 2019, Art, Theory and Practice in the Anthropocene. Delaware: Vernon Press.


    For more information: https://research.brighton.ac.uk/en/persons/julie-doyle 

  • Organisers

    We are researchers associated with 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.

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    Dr Isabelle Gapp

    Research Affiliate - History of Art

    Research Interests: The Circumpolar North, Scandinavian and North American landscape painting 1880-1930, art and ecology.

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    Lauren Rawlins

    PhD Researcher - Environmental Geography

    Research Interests: Greenland Ice Sheet, ice sheet hydrology, remote sensing, UAV photogrammetry, climate change, science communication

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    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

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    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 organisations for supporting this event

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    HRC Collaborative Postgraduate Project Grant

    Humanities Research Centre, University of York

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    Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity

    University of York

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    York Environmental Sustainability Institute

    University of York

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