REMOTE LECTURE SERIES: Climate and Environmental Justice

Hosted by the Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) at UCSB

May 17 – June 7, 2018

— a nearly carbon neutral online lecture series


Visit the conference site and watch the video lectures

This is an exciting event, as you will not need to travel to campus, but rather are welcome to view the lectures online any time from this Thursday, May 17th to Thursday, June 7th. Our reason for taking this unusual approach is environmental, as an astonishing third of our campus’s carbon footprint comes from air travel.


Marco Armiero (Associate Professor of Environmental History and the Director of the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden), “Guerrilla Narrative in the Wasteocene”

Stefania Barca (Senior Researcher at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES/UC)), “Telling the Right Story: a Working-Class Ecology (WCE) Narrative”

Shannon Bell (Associate Professor, Virginia Tech), “Protecting the Power to Pollute: Identity Co-Optation, Gender, and the Public Relations Strategies of Fossil Fuel Industries”

Phillip Drake (Assistant Professor of English, University of Kansas), “Parasitic Geostories: Rabies and Multispecies Precarity in Bali”

Louise Economides (Professor of English and the Director of the Literature and Environment Program at the University of Montana), “Butte’s Berkeley Pit: Towards Posthumanist Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene Era”

Lesley Head (Professor, University of Melbourne), “Feminist Resources for Addressing the Emotional Dimensions of Climate Change”

Derrick Jensen, “Improve Your Habitat to Survive in the Long Run”

Serpil Oppermann (President of European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment), “Climate Justice and Material Ecocriticism”

Kate Rigby (Professor of Environmental Humanities, Bath Spa University and Monash University), “Remember Kinglake”

Janet Swim (Professor of Psychology, Penn State University), “The Intergroup Foundations of Climate Change Justice”


A growing consensus within the environmental humanities community recognizes increasingly that surviving the Anthropocene will involve mitigating climate impacts by revising non/human interactions across categories of race, gender, class, and species.

Through a series of virtual talks, we will address such questions as, how and why the question of nonhuman animals should be an issue approached from an environmental and climate justice perspective?

Why has environmental justice discourse been largely anthropocentric? In what ways might a careful attention to human psychology provide fresh methods for intervention into environmental crisis?

How might the adoption of narrative approaches in the modality of an “ethical witnessing” of climate injustices provide strategies for overcoming discriminatory roadblocks to addressing the violation of non/human rights?

In answering these questions, this nearly carbon-neutral virtual lecture series will explore how attention to the commonly neglected categories of mind, animal, and imagination are essential to the success of a truly intersectional climate justice.

For the rationale behind our nearly carbon-neutral (NCN) conferences and lecture series, and details on how to coordinate such events, see EHI’s White Paper / Practical Guide.

Visit EHI’s previous Nearly Carbon Neutral Conferences here at EJ/CJ.