Special Issue "Humanities for the Environment"
A special issue of Humanities (ISSN 2076-0787).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2017).
Interests: humanities; environmental history
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Interests: Transformations in social-ecological systems; Social, historical, political and cultural influences shaping environment-society relationships; Ecosystem approach to management of social-ecological systems; Environmental governance, marine policy and social justice
Human preferences, practices and actions are the main drivers of planetary change in the 21st century. The Special Issue invites papers that review ways in which the humanistic disciplines may help us understand and engage with global environmental problems. The issue will define how, to what extent and by which means humanities scholarship and practice may help further pro-environmental behavior. The issue will contribute to the fast growing literature on environmental humanities by specifically addressing issues of humanities interventions in global change research, policy, and action. It will highlight “environmental humanities in action” by focussing on the contributions environmental humanities have made to address real-world problems. Thus, the issue is not about demonstrating that the humanities are ‘useful’, but to determine their scope and how they can contribute to resolving current societal challenges. Papers are invited to reflect on the current and potential role of humanities scholarship in international, national, and local contexts of practice. Can the humanities—integrating perspectives from history, literature, philosophy, arts, psychology, sociology and other fields—produce new modes of knowledge necessary to guide global and local decision-makers? What motivates human action? Can we learn from how humans have perceived, adapted to, and engaged with challenges such as tobacco use, pesticides, chloro-fluoro-carbon (CFC) gasses, HIV/AIDS? Can answers to such questions not only enrich our understanding of the human past but also inform pathways to climate mitigation in the future? A wider contextualization of the issue may be found in the paper Humanities for the Environment—A Manifesto for Research and Action, Humanities 2015, 4(4), 977-992; doi: 10.3390/h4040977.
Prof. Dr. Poul Holm
Dr. Ruth Brennan
Manuscript Submission Information
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- global change