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Organised by the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)

Germinations is a series of online transdisciplinary conversations in environmental humanities engaging research with/from/relating to Latin America & the Caribbean. The institutionalisation of EH as a field has been largely an Anglo-Eurocentric endeavour. Yet research conducted or drawing from the region has a long history of engagement with environmental issues from interdisciplinary, intermodal, transcultural and translingual perspectives. This series of conversations aims to map the field of environmental humanities in Latin America & the Caribbean while opening up areas for future research and collaboration with the region and raising questions about the roots and affordances of the field. It aims to cultivate a space to explore environmental insights from scholarship and other research-based practices, such as curatorial and artistic work. Germinations will thus seek to give rise to discussions, methodologies, networks, and collaborations in environmental humanities with Latin America & the Caribbean.
Questions that will run through the series include:
What work is being done from the UK and Ireland in the field of EH related to LAC?

What are the EH in LAC? What are the specificities and histories of the field in the region? How do EH genealogies in Latin America differ from those in the Global North? What are its thematic and methodological foci? Who is conducting EH research in/with/drawing from the region? 
On what interdisciplinary and intermodal collaborations is the field based in Latin American and Caribbean Studies? What forms of collaboration in environmental humanities does the region host?
What methodologies are employed in environmental research within the humanities and cognate social sciences in//with/drawing from the region? What methodological innovations have emerged from within the field?
What forms of dissemination has the field engendered? What are the methods and languages of circulation of EH work?

This initiative is a cross-institutional collaboration convened by Ainhoa Montoya (CLACS, University of London), Paul Merchant (University of Bristol), Lisa Blackmore (University of Essex), and Diogo Cabral (Trinity College Dublin).

Launch activity - 27 June 2022

The first conversation will consist of panels that initiate a sketching out of environmental humanities work being done in the UK and Ireland that engages with/is occurring in Latin America & the Caribbean, addressing some of the questions and themes that will underpin the series as a whole.

Speakers will begin the conversation with 5-minute presentations/provocations, followed by a discussion. 

Emilio Chapela (University of Plymouth) will generate live an emerging map of environmental humanities relating to Latin America and the Caribbean as the conversation progresses.

All times are in BST
16:00Welcome and Introduction

16:05Panel 1: What are emerging areas of environmental humanities that engage with Latin America & the Caribbean?
Luciana Martins (Birkbeck, University of London)
Michela Coletta (University of Warwick)
Kasia Mika (Queen Mary University of London) (pre-recorded) 
Joanna Page (University of Cambridge)
Jamille Pinheiro Dias (University of Manchester)

17:15Panel 2: What are the methods that characterise research in environmental humanities that engages the region?
Hanne Cottyn (University of York,
Seila Fernández Arconada (independent artist-researcher UK/Spain)
Xavier Ribas & Louise Purbick(University of Brighton,
Alejandro Valencia-Tobon (University of Manchester,

18:15-18:30  Introduction of GERMINATIONS 

All are welcome to attend this free event, which will be held online via zoom. You will need to register in advance to receive the online joining link. Please click on the Book Now button below to register.

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