Blue Humanities – Storied Waterscapes in the Anthropocene by Serpil Oppermann


Series: Elements in Environmental Humanities
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009393300 [Opens in a new window]
Online ISBN: 9781009393300
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication: 10 August 2023


By drawing on oceanography (marine sciences) and limnology (freshwater sciences), social sciences, and the environmental humanities, the field of the blue humanities critically examines the planet’s troubled seas and distressed freshwaters from various socio-cultural, literary, historical, aesthetic, ethical, and theoretical perspectives. Since all waterscapes in the Anthropocene are overexploited and endangered sites, the field calls for transdisciplinary cooperation and encourages thinking with water and thinking together beyond the conventions of tentacular anthropocentric thought. Working across many disciplines, the blue humanities, then, challenges the cultural primacy of standard sea and freshwater narratives and promotes disanthropocentric discourses about water ecologies. Engaging with the most pressing water problems, this Element contributes to those new discursive practices from a material ecocritical perspective. The authors’ hypothesis is that fluid-storied matter and the new stories we tell can change the game by changing our mindset.

Series: Elements in Environmental Humanities

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009393300[Opens in a new window]

Online ISBN: 9781009393300

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Print publication: 10 August 2023

, ,

NEWS

read all news >


  • Winner of the EASLCE Essay Prize, Călina-Maria Moldovan

    Winner of the EASLCE Essay Prize, Călina-Maria Moldovan

    Călina-Maria Moldovan, PhD student at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, is the winner of the EASLCE Essay Prize. A jury consisting of members of the EASLCE Advisory Board decided to award the prize to Călina-Maria for her article “The Ocean in Contemporary Norwegian Literature”. The article does, according to the jury, not only “comply with the…

  • 10 ième Congrès d’EASLCE / 10th EASCLE Symposium – CFP

    10 ième Congrès d’EASLCE  / 10th EASCLE Symposium – CFP

    10th EASLCE bi-annual Symposium/10ième Congrès bi-annuel EASCLE  European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and the Environment Perpignan, June 17-20 2024  Early-Bird Registration Deadline: March 5th Registration fees will be posted on Feb 5. 2024 Early-bird registration will be open until March 5th 2024 Speakers at the conference will have to register before April…

  • EASLCE Statement on the War in Ukraine

    EASLCE Statement on the War in Ukraine

    EASLCE is deeply concerned about the dramatic situation in Ukraine and the military attacks that Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin have decided to launch into the sovereign state of Ukraine. We express our explicit condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine and the impact this has on the lives of innocent people and those in affected…

  • Vacancy: Director of the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory

    Vacancy: Director of the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory The Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment seeks a director for the newly established KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory. KTH in Stockholm is the largest and oldest technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by…

  • Nature, Technology and Religion – Transdisciplinary Perspectives

    2nd Announcement The European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment is pleased to announce the fourth international conference from May 22 to May 25, 2013, to be held at the Sigtuna Foundation in Sweden (nearby Stockholm), in association with the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture and The Sigtuna Foundation,…

Blue Humanities - Serpil Oppermann

Blue Humanities – Storied Waterscapes in the Anthropocene by Serpil Oppermann


FURTHER READING

Ecozon@

Ecozon@ is a journal devoted to the relatively new field of literary and cultural criticism called ecocriticism. Ecocriticism can be broadly defined as the study of the representations of nature in cultural texts, and of the relationship between humans with other earth beings and their environment as seen in cultural manifestations. 

ARCADIANA

Arcadiana is a blog about the environment in literature and culture. It is hosted by postgraduate members of the European Association for Literature, Culture and the Environment (EASLCE).