The lab is a global hub of research and PhD training in the Environmental Humanities. Research in the Laboratory combines various strands of the humanities, including anthropological, aesthetic, literary, architectural, spatial, archaeological, technological, etcetera, all informed by historical approaches. It is fundamental research conducted in a post-disciplinary spirit aimed at providing new knowledge of relevance for human understanding of the world as well as for sustainable development.
The research is organized in experimental forms, combining a set of Research Tracks under the title ‘Environing Technologies’ with individual research projects and workshops. A basic feature of Environing Technologies is the idea that the environment is a historical formation by people and societies which shape their surroundings and themselves through time and thereby use knowledge, technology, and aesthetics. In the Environmental Humanities Laboratory it is the environment as described, perceived, monitored, represented, documented, etcetera, that we have put at centre stage. The actual environmental changes brought by human environing ‘out there’ remain essential and exchange is necessary with scholars and scientists that specialize in the study of that change.
The Research Tracks are wide categories that should be seen as open arenas for interaction of scholars with similar interests, including PhD students. The four Research Tracks below reflect both current interests of scholars affiliated with the Laboratory and the Division and emerging areas of interest. These Tracks may expand, change or merge as the Laboratory moves on.