#ENVHUM MONTH 2022 - Preliminary Program

This preliminary program will frequently update until the end of September. In 2022 Environmental Humanities Month runs from October to December to celebrate the diversity and fresh perspectives of environmental humanities.

Environmental Humanities Month 2022 / Preliminary Program as of 21.9.2022

October 6 (Thursday) TBA, online

Living in the Wasteocene? Discards and the Culture of Waste in the 21st century (Part 1)

Iris Borowy, Shanghai University, Peter Wynn Kirby, University of Oxford, Viktor Pál


October 16 (Sunday) 13.00-17.00 (Helsinki), live

Project Campfire Catering. Discussions and actions that flow between art and science. 

Place: Harakka Island, Helsinki 

Organizers: Päivi Maunu and Mirimari Väyrynen


October 18 (Tuesday)  14.00-15.30 (Helsinki) Porthania 224, HELSUS Lounge, live

When bird-feeding became a problem in Helsinki. Birds, rats and the challenges of living in a multispecies city

Heta Lähdesmäki, University of Helsinki


October 21 (Friday) Time: 15.00-16.00 (Helsinki), 14.00-15.00 (CET), online

Book Launch: Social and Cultural Aspects of the Circular Economy

Contributors: Grace Harrison, Sabine Lettmann, Tariro Kamuti, Carlos Miret Fernandéz, 


October 30 (Sunday) 18.00-19.00 (Helsinki), 9.00-10.00 (Idaho), online

Our Bodies, Our Minds, Our Planet: Launching the New Bloomsbury Handbook to the Medical-Environmental Humanities.

Scott Slovic, Swarnalatha Rangarajan, and Vidya Sarveswaran


October 30 (Sunday) 10.00-11.30 (Helsinki), online

Small cogs of a big economy: how agricultural waste bristles and hair raised Soviet industry

Tetiana Perga, State Institution “Institute of World History of National Academy of Science of Ukraine”, Volkswagen Foundation Fellow, Heidelberg University, Germany


October 31 (Monday) 15.30-16.30 (Helsinki)  14.30-15.30 (CET), online

Grounding Value in the Anthropocene: Online roundtable with organizers and authors

Simone Schleper, Maastricht University, Iva Pesa, University of Groningen, Dan Finch-Race, University of Bologna, Nicola Thomas, Lancaster University, Leo Steeds, University of Warwick, Anna Costantino, University of Greenwich, Somayyeh Amiri, Shahid Beheshti University, Alice Cunningham, Artist, Bristol


November 1 (Tuesday) 16.00-17.00 (Helsinki)  14.00-15.00 (GMT), online

Walking in the Arctic: Personal Narratives 

Susana Hancock, University of Oxford, Elena Adasheva, Yale University


November 2 (Wednesday) 16.00-17.00 (Helsinki)  14.00-15.00 (GMT), online

Roots in the past, branches in the Future. Indigenous Sacred Places and Decolonization of Environmental and Heritage Conservation  

Vesa Matteo Piludu, University of Helsinki 


November 3 (Thursday) 15.00-16.30 (Helsinki) 14.00-15.30 (CET), online

Animals and/in Soviet Famines in Ukraine. Where Is an Animal in Famine Studies?

Iryna Skubii, Queen’s University, Darya Tsymbaliuk, University of St.Andrews, University of Cambridge


November 7 (Monday) 14.00-15.00 (Helsinki), online

Social acceptance of emerging technologies – critical aspects for energy transitions.

Mariana Galvão Lyra, Lappeenranta University of Technology


November 10 (Thursday) TBA, online

Living in the Wasteocene? Discards and the Culture of Waste in the 21st century (Part 2)

Iris Borowy, Shanghai University, Peter Wynn Kirby, University of Oxford, Viktor Pál


November 11 (Friday) 16.00-17.00 (Helsinki) 15.00-16.00 (CET), online

Environmental History Text Collections Roundtable

Róbert Balogh, University of Public Service, Hungary


November 16 (Wednesday) 18.00-19.30 (Helsinki), online

Energy(and)Humanities. Low-Carbon Research Methods Workshop

Kate Elliott, Alexandra Lakind, Inna Häkkinen


November 18 (Friday) 12.00-13.30 (Helsinki) HELSUS Porthania, 224, live

Green Karelia: National Parks and Ecotourism in the Republic of Karelia from the 1980s to the 2000s

Alexander Osipov, University of Eastern Finland


November 18 (Friday) 15.00-16.00 (Helsinki) Video and Seminar

The Human Coffee Room 

Jes Hooper, Anthrozoologist, the University of Exeter, Meri Linna, Saija Kassinen, Harrie Liveart, Jonathan Salvage, University of Brighton


November 23 (Wednesday) 15.00-21.00 (Helsinki) 

The Language of Transition: A Podcast Series

Can transition, the now-familiar shorthand for environmental and energy change, fully account for the circumstances in which we now find ourselves, and the tasks ahead? Does transition, as a concept and a project, do justice to the situation we face? Or are we in desperate need of new ways of knowing and new ways of being: new epistemology, new ontology?

Organizers: Mark Simpson, Scott Stoneman, Imre Szeman, and Caleb Wellum

Contributors: Stacey Balkan, Darin Barney, Cara Daggett, Tommy Davis, Emily Eaton, Walter Gordon, Eva-Lynn Jagoe, Robert Johnson, Graeme MacDonald, Swaralipi Nandi, Penelope Plaza, Hiroki Shin, Allan Stoekl, Caleb Wellum, Jennifer Wenzel, Sarah Marie Wiebe, Rhys Williams, and Anna Zalik.


November 24 (Thursday) 14.00-15.30 (Helsinki) 

J. G. Granö’s Perception Of The Environment: Sensory Approaches to Landscapes in Western Mongolia

Victoria Soyan Peemot, PhD Indigenous Studies, University of Helsinki 


November 25  (Friday) 13.00-15.00 (Helsinki) 

Indian Animal Studies Collective: Towards Animal Subjectivities of Waste: Street Dogs and Urban Spaces 

Susan Harris, IIT Delhi, India; Anu Pande, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India

November 28 (Monday) 11.00-12.00 (Helsinki) 10.00-11.00 (CET)

Human motivations and environmental development from a historical perspective

Gábor Koloh, Research Centre for Humanities, Institute of History, Hungary 


November 29 (Tuesday) 15.00-18.00 (CET)

Environmental Humanities Workshop with Péter Szabó, Czech Academy of Sciences

Faculty of Humanities, University of Ostrava


November 30 (Wednesday) 9.00-18.15 (CET) 

Green Utopia Now! A Transdisciplinary Symposium on How to Deal with the Climate 

Ilenia Vittoria Casmiri, University of Ferrara, Manuel Sousa Oliveira, University of Porto / CETAPS, Sofia de Melo Araújo, P.PORTO / University of Porto / CETAPS / CITCEM / ILCML Filippo Magni, IUAV, Paola Spinozzi, University of Ferrara, Fátima Vieira, University of Porto / CETAPS


Another male only panel? Women contributors currently are an estimated 59.6 per cent