I am interested in post-colonial African literature, Eco-criticism and Environmental Sustainability, African Oral Literature, Children literature, Women studies, African film and Cinema, and The Caribbean literature.
C. Parker Krieg is a postdoctoral fellow in environmental humanities at the University of Helsinki, affiliated with the Humanities Programme in the Faculty of Arts, and the Helsinki Institute for Sustainability Science. His research and teaching focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century American literature and culture, environmental justice, and cultural memory studies.
I’m an early modern environmental historian researching wood scarcity in 16th and 17th century England and how these fears shaped colonial expansion into the Atlantic World. I teach broad courses on environmental history that mix broad geographic and chronological frameworks with case studies. I’ve taught courses on early modern conservation and sustainability, rivers and human history from the Ancient world to Los Angeles, and doing history in the Anthropocene in addition to introductory courses to early modern Atlantic and American environmental history.
Christy Hyman is a digital humanist, environmental advocate, and PhD student in the program of Geography at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Her dissertation research focuses on African-American efforts toward cultural and political assertion in the Great Dismal Swamp region during the antebellum era as well as the attendant social and environmental costs of human/landscape resource exploitation. Hyman uses Geographic Information Systems to observe to what extent digital cartography can inform us of the human experience while acknowledging phenomena deriving from oppressive systems in society threatening sustainable futures. Hyman has been invited to share her work at a range of humanities centers including the Dave Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University, the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Kansas and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities Digital Dialogues series to name a few. Hyman will graduate with her PhD in Spring 2022.
Anthropology & Wine. Coming soon
I completed my PhD thesis, ‘The New Pastoral in Contemporary British Writing’ at Royal Holloway, University of London in March 2014, and have recently relocated from London to San Francisco, California. My research interests lie in contemporary literature, ecocriticism and environmental humanities, sustainability, literary and critical theory, and digital humanities. I am now working on a monograph based on my thesis, which examines the appearance of pastoral in contemporary British writing and argues that a transformed version of pastoral can be seen to emerge in the period since 1990 in relation to ecological considerations. The work addresses the proposition that the representation and interpretation of environmental concerns calls up new circumstances for the pastoral to operate within, posing both an opportunity for the application of the conventions of the mode, and a threat to the principles upon which they are based. Analysing work by Robert Macfarlane, Roger Deakin, Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts, Ali Smith, Jim Crace, Kathleen Jamie, Liz Jensen, Brian Clarke, Christopher Hart and John Burnside, the thesis explores both pastoral responses to ecological concerns and the impact of ecological concerns upon the form and scope of the pastoral, contending that in these examples, the pastoral is necessarily altered by their intersection.
I see myself as a mercenary in matters dear to my heart. My life is mainly devoted to one goal: to weave a cultural fabric that enables a life of freedom, friendship and beauty. I do that with articles, essays, research projects, studies, lectures, campaigns, meetings, conferences, rituals, performance and social sculptures. I spend a lot of time in international economic and environmental policy in order to help ensure that our industrial society promotes life-sustaining, commons sensitive and sustainable forms of economy. And I spend just as much time developing structures, practices and institutions of our everyday world that enable us to a good and flourishing life in other aspects of our existence as well. (These efforts include inter alia a former role as director of an international cross-sectoral business association for sustainability or my current role as head of a small organisation for research in social innovation.)
Dr. Pankaj Jain is an internationally recognized academic leader in the fields of Sustainability, Indology, Jain Studies, Film Studies, and Diaspora Studies. Dr. Jain’s publications include three monographs, especially the award-winning Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability (2011) and Dharma in America: A Short History of Hindu-Jain Diaspora (2019). He is also the editor of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism and a recipient of Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship for Environmental Leadership and Wenner-Gren Grant, among many other grants. His articles have appeared in several academic journals and on the Huffington Post, Washington Post’s On Faith, and Times of India’s Speaking Tree. Dr. Jain is widely quoted in various American and Indian media outlets. In 2019, Morgan Freeman interviewed him for the TV series “The Story of God” for the National Geographic Channel/Netflix). In July 2020, The New York Times interviewed him as well. He tweets at @ProfPankajJain. His podcast #IndicStudies is on Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Amazon, etc. #IndicStudies #EcoDharma #ReligionAndEcology #EnvironmentalEthics
Pamela Herron’s primary research interests include China and Chinese culture and literature; Confucianism and Daoism; Chinese immigration; environmentalism and sustainability; and ecocriticism. She served three years on the MLA Committee for Contingent Labor in the Profession (2014-2017) and promoted more equitable treatment for non-tenured faculty on her own campus. She has developed and taught courses on “Chinese Culture and Humanities”, “Revolutionary Women of China” (Chinese literature by women of the 20th century), “Young Adult Literature” (with a focus on a multicultural approach, social justice, and sustainability), “Confucianism and Daoism”, and “Daoism and the Environment” which pioneered teaching environmental/nature literature at the University of Texas at El Paso. In recent years she has been exploring the Daodejing, along with other ancient Chinese texts, through a sustainable and ecocritical lens. “Daoism and the Environment” was developed with the Daodejing as a foundation text compared with selections of more contemporary environmental and nature writing. Currently she is working on adapting this “Daoism and the Environment” course to an online teaching format, along with her “Confucianism and Daoism” course. Her first book of nature poetry En L’Air was published in 2013 by Unsolicited Press. She is currently working on two collections of nature poetry, one which features the landscape natural environment of New Mexico, and the second which consists of poems written while traveling and living in China. She frequently presents and lectures on Chinese culture in both China and the United States. Her poetry, flash fiction, and non-fiction have been published in various anthologies and collections. Other recent publications include the chapter “Becoming Confucian in America” in Confucianism Reconsidered: Insights for American and Chinese Education in the Twenty-First Century forthcoming from SUNY Press in 2018. She participated in an ecocriticism conference combining Chinese and North American scholars held by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment hosted by the University of Central Florida. Herron was honored to be selected for the first Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute held at the birthplace of Confucius in Shandong PRC. At home, she is an avid organic gardener and recently acquired a small flock of hens.