New natures, entangled cultures: perspectives in environmental humanities

How do we imagine nature/culture? How do new environments emerge and how do we design them – deliberately or by chance? The 6th Winter School of GSCSA focuses on the notions of “nature” and “culture” as entangled phenomena. Environmental humanities make an effort to overcome the centuries old division between sciences and humanities by stressing that speaking about “nature” and the hybrid forms of naturecultures is of central importance for all disciplines within the humanities.

We invite doctoral and MA students to think beyond the comfortable binaries of nature and culture and to discuss topics like recycling and hybridity, (eco)nationalism and aesthetics, technology and landscape, corporeality and posthumanism, materiality and animality in order to understand the creative power of “nature” as a cultural metaphor and the intimate interconnectedness between environment and culture.

The program of the Winter School consists of: 1) interdisciplinary lectures and discussions conducted by Estonian and guest lecturers; 2) student seminars and slams where graduate participants present and discuss their own research; 3) student workshops outside the customary classroom environment.
Plenary speakers:

Prof. Harriet Hawkins (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Dr. Dolly Jørgensen (Luleå University of Technology)

Dr. Timothy LeCain (Montana State University)

Dr. Jamie Lorimer (University of Oxford)

Prof. Gregg Mitman (University of Wisconsin – Madison)

Prof. David Moon (University of York)

Prof. Kate Soper (London Metropolitan University)

Dr. Bronislaw Szerszynski (Lancaster University)

Please find more information about the program, registration and requirements on winter school homepage:
Upon full participation in the study program and a presentation in the seminar or slam, a participant will be awarded 6 ECTS points (4 ECTS without the presentation).

Deadline for registration by web form is January 10, 2016.

Deadline for submitting an abstract (ca 200 words) for student seminar or science slam is January 10, 2017.
A course fee is not required but there will be no reimbursement for accommodation or travel costs except for the students enrolled in the GSCSA program. More information about accommodation choices will be provided for the participants.

The language of the winter school is English.
Hosting institutions: School of Humanities, Tallinn University; Estonian Centre for Environmental History, Tallinn University.
Partners: European Union Structural Funds, Art Museum of Estonia, Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society: LMU Munich, Estonian Centre for Environmental History.

Program directors: Prof. Ulrike Plath (Tallinn University) and Prof. Marek Tamm (Tallinn University)

Program manager: Doris Feldmann (Tallinn University),

Student coordinator: Tiiu-Triinu Tamm (Tallinn University),
This winter school is organised by the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, supported by the Tallinn University’s ASTRA project, TLÜ TEE, University of Tartu’s ASTRA project, PER ASPERA, Estonian Academy of Arts’ ASTRA project EKA LOOVKÄRG, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre’s ASTRA project EMTASTRA (European Union, European Regional Development Fund).