Humanities and Sustainability
What do the humanities contribute to sustainability studies?
Ecological sciences and the humanities must be coupled in the sustainability enterprise. Scientists look at physical processes, and social scientists examine sociological processes. Humanists focus on ideas, values, language, culture, and history. To sustain our human communities, our natural resources, and our rich global biological and cultural heritage, we must explore humans’ beliefs about their relationship to nature and integrate knowledge and policy across the disciplines in order to understand, inform, and direct human development toward a responsible, sustainable future.
Humanistic studies help sustain our environment by focusing on ideas, values, language, culture, and history by integrating knowledge across disciplines. Through a number of programs and projects, the IHR continues our focus on the humanities, sustainability, and the environment by providing support for scholars whose research contributes to our understanding of the world that surrounds us. Since 2007, the IHR has been supporting scholars working across disciplinary lines to articulate the role of the humanities in environmental issues.
Principle Investigator(s): Joni Adamson, Associate Professor, School od Letters and Sciences
The 2007-2008 IHR Fellows theme was "The Humanities and Sustainability."
Sustainability, Sense of Place, and Cultural Preservations
Principal Investigator(s): Elizabeth A. Brandt, Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Steve Semken, Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration
Consultant, Christopher Boone, Associate Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change and School of Sustainability
Sustainability, Systems, and Ecological Art
Principal Investigator(s): Julie Anand, Assistant Professor, School of Art
David Birchfield, Assistant Professor, Arts, Media and Engineering
Claudia Mesch, Assistant Professor, School of Art
Principle Investigator(s): David J. Vazquez, Department of English, University of Oregon
Aldo Leopold: The “Fierce Green Fire” of Sustainability
Principal Investigator(s): Dan Shilling, Independent scholar; adjunct faculty, ASU Department of English
Feminist Fronts: Invention of Gendered Traditions of War
Principal Investigator(s): Lorraine Dowler, Director of Women's Studies, Associate Professor of Geography, Pennsylvania State University
On the Ambiguous Religious Roots of the Environmental Crisis
Principal Investigator(s): Lissa McCullough, Independent scholar; adjunct professor of Religious Studies, Muhlenberg College
ihr Seed Grants
Project Director(s): Gary Marchant, Paul Schiff Berman, Kenneth Abbott, Laura Dickinson, Andrew Askland; Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Whole Local Slow: Exploration of the Complex Relationships Between Food Systems, Bodies, Economies, Ecologies, Cultures
Project Director(s): Jacob Pinholster, Theatre and Film; Jeff McMahon, Theatre and Film; Jennifer Setlow, Theatre and Film
Project Director(s): Paul Hirt, Associate Professor, Department of History; Daniel Arreola, Professor, School of Geographical Sciences; Lindsay Sutton, PhD Candidate, School of Geographical Sciences
Project Director(s): Paul Hirt, Associate Professor, Department of History; Chris Lukinbeal, School of Geographical Sciences
ihr Research Clusters
Facilitator(s): Maria Luz-Torres, Women and Gender Studies; Angelita Reyes, Professor, African and African-American Studies/English
Facilitator(s): Victoria Thompson, Associate Professor of History, School of History, Philosophical and Religious Study; Wendy Plotkin, History
Facilitator(s): Kate Duncan, School of Art; Elizabeth (Betsy) Brandt, School of Human Evolution and Social Change
ihr working groups
ihr Public Events
- Research Projects
- Funding Opportunities
- News & Events
- April 11th, 2013 The Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecture featuring Regenia Gagnier
- April 5th, 2013 Technologies of Imagination: Fifty years beyond Man and His Future
- April 2nd, 2013 Donald Johanson, Finder of Lucy fossil puts evolution on display
- March 28th, 2013 Telling Imaginaries: Places, Histories, and the Global
Did you know?
The IHR is a member of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes.