Keynote Speaker*: Timothy Saunders, Volda University College
Opening Remarks: Chris Otter, The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University Department of Classics, in collaboration with OSU’s Discovery
Theme for Environmental Humanities and the Humanities Institute, is proud to announce its
15th annual graduate student colloquium.
A sense of urgency characterizes contemporary discussions about ecological welfare and
anthropogenic effects on the non-human environment. At the core of this discourse lie questions
with a long history of artistic, philosophical, political and religious expression. The proper
management of space and resources, the negotiation of shifting boundaries between the
“human” and “natural” worlds (however one chooses to define these categories), as well as the
contemplation of humanity’s place among the living and nonliving co-inhabitants of Earth are
all pursuits basic to human survival and livelihood. Moreover, the ways earlier generations
found to represent the natural world they experienced and their human community's place
within it have shaped the way we think and talk about such matters today.
This colloquium will bring together scholars from a range of humanities disciplines to share and
discuss theoretically-informed approaches to the study of human-environmental relationships
throughout history. We encourage contributions from graduate students in all fields of the
humanities, including anthropology, archaeology, art history, classics, English, geography, history, landscape architecture, philosophy, theology and related fields.
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