Scholars are not often known for their brevity. Give them 15 minutes to speak and they’ll take 20. Naturally, as there is nothing more difficult than being concise when the subject is complicated and and you want to do it justice. And yet, some short-form work stands out, it is remembered, and in its economy of thought and phrase, it is circulated widely.
Welcome to Snippets, a monthly online series of discussions, where we explore precisely these short snippets of text. Somewhere between the length of a rallying cry, a Tweet and a blogpost, the excerpts that we’ll discuss feature influential ideas within ecocriticism, and the environmental humanities more generally; they describe common tropes; pose poignant questions; or demonstrate new formats for writing and thinking about the relationship between humans, the environment, and art.
Snippets is there for everyone who is interested to learn more about the environmental humanities, but who doesn’t have the time to dig through hefty volumes of texts, but it also appeals to those already working in the field for whom these hefty volumes may represent nothing more than vague grad school memories. Our discussions require minimal preparation: just take fifteen minutes out of your day to read the excerpt and then join us for lunch on every first Friday of the month to talk about it. In doing so you’ll meet with a passionate group of scholars, students, and individuals with whom to explore what could arguably be some of the most canonical ideas in the study of art, culture and the environment.
We are on summer break! We’ll be back in September.
1 June, 13-18 (CEST) 2021: Instead of our usual Snippet event on Friday, we organized a creative jam with workshops on creative writing, postermaking, and deep time speculation.
7 May, 12-13 (UTC+2/CEST) 2021: A Fable for Tomorrow from Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (this includes an introduction by Linda Lear, which is optional background reading.)
1 April, 12-13 (UTC+1) 2021: excerpt from The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Tsing.
5 March, 12-13 (UTC+1) 2021: Thinking Like a Mountain by Aldo Leopold.