The Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative at Central European University Budapest aims to create a common platform for academic researchers, cultural practitioners and ecological activists working at the intersection between scientific and humanities-based approaches to the environment, with a particular focus on the role of artists, curators, filmmakers, architects, writers and theorists in creatively negotiating planetary issues. It responds to the demand in the Anthropocene for new intellectual and cultural approaches that combine a natural and social-scientific understanding of Earth systems with the knowledge and values of the arts and humanities. Aiming to foster research into the relationship between nature and culture and explore critical transformations in environment and society in conversation with the critical positions of feminism and post-colonialism, it invites perspectives from the human and non-human inhabitants of the margins of a new geological age.
The programme of the Initiative includes a series of public lectures by researchers, theorists and artists held at Central European University during 2016-18, a two-day conference in May 2016 and an environmental humanities course on Visual Cultures of the Anthropocene led by Drs Maja and Reuben Fowkes.
The Initiative is based at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at Central European University, and realised in collaboration with Translocal Institute. For more details, please see: