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Routledge Environmental Humanities


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From microplastics in the sea to hyper-trends such as global climate change, mega-extinction, and widening social disparities and displacement, we live on a planet undergoing tremendous flux and uncertainty. At the center of this transformation is human culture, both contributing to the state of the world and responding to planetary change. The Routledge Environmental Humanities Series seeks to engage with contemporary environmental challenges through the various lenses of the humanities and to explore foundational issues in environmental justice, multicultural environmentalism, ecofeminism, environmental psychology, environmental materialities and textualities, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, environmental communication and information management, multispecies relationships, and related topics. The series is premised on the notion that the arts, humanities, and social sciences, integrated with the natural sciences, are essential to comprehensive environmental studies.

The environmental humanities are a multidimensional discipline encompassing such fields as anthropology, history, literary and media studies, philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology, and women’s and gender studies; however, the Routledge Environmental Humanities is particularly eager to receive book proposals that explicitly cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, bringing the full force of multiple perspectives to illuminate vexing and profound environmental topics. We favor manuscripts aimed at an international readership and written in a lively and accessible style. Our readers include scholars and students from across the span of environmental studies disciplines and thoughtful citizens and policy makers interested in the human dimensions of environmental change.

Please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan (Rebecca.Brennan@tandf.co.uk), to submit proposals.

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Women and Nature?: Beyond Dualism in Gender, Body, and Environment

Women and Nature?: Beyond Dualism in Gender, Body, and Environment

1st Edition

Douglas A. Vakoch, Sam Mickey
January 17, 2019

Women and Nature? Beyond Dualism in Gender, Body, and Environment provides a historical context for understanding the contested relationships between women and nature, and it articulates strategies for moving beyond the dualistic theories and practices that often frame those relationships. In 1974,...

Perma/Culture:: Imagining Alternatives in an Age of Crisis

Perma/Culture:: Imagining Alternatives in an Age of Crisis

1st Edition

Molly Wallace, David Carruthers
January 17, 2019

In the face of what seems like a concerted effort to destroy the only planet that can sustain us, critique is an important tool. It is in this vein that most scholars have approached environmental crisis. While there are numerous texts that chronicle contemporary issues in environmental ills, there...

The Nature State: Rethinking the History of Conservation

The Nature State: Rethinking the History of Conservation

1st Edition

Wilko Graf von Hardenberg, Matthew Kelly, Claudia Leal, Emily Wakild
January 17, 2019

This volume brings together case studies from around the globe (including China, Latin America, the Philippines, Namibia, India and Europe) to explore the history of nature conservation in the twentieth century. It seeks to highlight the state, a central actor in these efforts, which is often taken...

Environmental History of Modern Migrations

Environmental History of Modern Migrations

1st Edition

Marco Armiero, Richard Tucker
January 17, 2019

In the age of climate change, the possibility that dramatic environmental transformations might cause the dislocation of millions of people has become not only a matter for scientific speculation or science-fiction narratives, but the object of strategic planning and military analysis....

A Cultural History of Famine: Food Security and the Environment in India and Britain

A Cultural History of Famine: Food Security and the Environment in India and Britain

1st Edition

Ayesha Mukherjee
January 15, 2019

The term "food security" does not immediately signal research done in humanities disciplines. It refers to a complex, contested issue, whose currency and significance are hardly debatable given present concerns about environmental change, resource management, and sustainability. The subject is...

The Aesthetics of the Undersea

The Aesthetics of the Undersea

1st Edition

Margaret Cohen, Killian Quigley
January 14, 2019

Among global environments, the undersea is unique in the challenges it poses – and the opportunities it affords – for sensation, perception, inquiry, and fantasy. The Aesthetics of the Undersea draws case studies in such potencies from the subaqueous imaginings of Western culture, and from the...

Environmental Justice in Contemporary US Narratives

Environmental Justice in Contemporary US Narratives

1st Edition

Yanoula Athanassakis
January 08, 2019

Environmental Justice in Contemporary US Narratives examines post-1929 US artistic interrogations of environmental disruption. Tracing themes of pollution, marine life, and agricultural production in the work of a number of historically significant writers including John Steinbeck, Ruth Ozeki, and...

Arts Programming for the Anthropocene: Art in Community and Environment

Arts Programming for the Anthropocene: Art in Community and Environment

1st Edition

Bill Gilbert, Anicca Cox
November 30, 2018

Arts Programming for the Anthropocene argues for a role for the arts as an engaged, professional practice in contemporary culture, charting the evolution of arts over the previous half century from a primarily solitary practice involved with its own internal dialogue to one actively seeking a...

Quest for the Unity of Knowledge

Quest for the Unity of Knowledge

1st Edition

David Lowenthal
November 12, 2018

Is unity of knowledge possible? Is it desirable? Two rival visions clash. One seeks a single way of explaining everything known and knowable about ourselves and the universe. The other champions diverse modes of understanding served by disparate kinds of evidence. Contrary views pit science against...

Environmentalism under Authoritarian Regimes: Myth, Propaganda, Reality

Environmentalism under Authoritarian Regimes: Myth, Propaganda, Reality

1st Edition

Stephen Brain, Viktor Pál
November 06, 2018

Since the early 2000s, authoritarianism has risen as an increasingly powerful global phenomenon. This shift has not only social and political implications, but also environmental implications: authoritarian leaders seek to recast the relationship between society and the government in every aspect...

The Shifting Sands of the North Sea Lowlands: Literary and Historical Imaginaries

The Shifting Sands of the North Sea Lowlands: Literary and Historical Imaginaries

1st Edition

Katie Ritson
November 06, 2018

Global seawater levels are rising and the low-lying coasts of the North Sea basin are amongst the most vulnerable in Europe. In our current moment of environmental crisis, the North Sea coasts are literary arenas in which the challenges and concerns of the Anthropocene are being played out. This...

Cultural Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences

Cultural Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences

1st Edition

Torsten Meireis, Gabriele Rippl
August 17, 2018

If the political and social benchmarks of sustainability and sustainable development are to be met, ignoring the role of the humanities and social, cultural and ethical values is highly problematic. People’s worldviews, beliefs and principles have an immediate impact on how they act and should be...

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