STREAMS was an online conference which invited both presenters and non-presenters to meet and discuss different subjects within the field of the environmental humanities. The conference was built up by keynotes, single presentations, network rooms, and different themed STREAMS. A stream offered a mix of roundtables, paper presentations, films, and/or other artistic events on subjects such as environmental justice, ecological knowledge, crisis and transformation in society, petrocultures, energy humanities, ocean governance, more-than-human arts, nuclear narratives, and much more.
The online platform allowed participants from all over the world to join.
The past decade has seen the emergence and rapid growth of a new field of inquiry: the environmental humanities. From the scholarly ‘turns’ of the humanities in the 1990s and 2000s and the increasing demand on science and scholarship to face global challenges, a broad gathering of humanities disciplines emerged and fostered this field.
Now encompassing a number of highly visible academic journals, book series from acclaimed academic publishers, and broader outreach opportunities, environmental humanities have reached a critical moment when it is relevant to convene for a larger meeting. This international conference will continue to experiment, envision and set out future directions for environmental humanities research and teaching, and strengthen their intersections with the social sciences, arts, technology, and the sciences.
The primary purpose of STREAMS was to invite diverse communities of the environmental humanities practitioners to come together to share work, advance idea s, and craft new imaginaries that can shape present and future transformations. These aims are especially important in the current moment when it seems impossible to imagine or pursue alternatives to the multiple socio-ecological crises taking place around the world.