We live in a state of climate and ecological emergency. This is now an established scientific fact and it is becoming increasingly evident in all aspects of life. But what does it mean for us to orient ourselves ethically, culturally, politically and cognitively in the almost unfathomable complexity of this emergency? Taking historical and contemporary glass production in southern Sweden as a case study, Mediating Socioecological Emergencies sets out to explore this pressing question from multiple Environmental Humanities perspectives.
Looking through the lens of glass
This summer school is a part of the EUniWell project Mediating Socioecological Emergencies: The Environmental Humanities for Wellbeing. Six of the EUniWell universities are participating in the project : University of Birmingham, University of Cologne, University of Florence, Nantes University, Leiden University and Linnaeus University.
The Crystal Kingdom is the name given to a geographical area in the Swedish province of Småland, famous for its long history of hand-blown glass. A symbol of Swedish national identity, this craft has relied upon transnational flows of people, ideas and commodities. Whilst the products are renowned for their beauty, the production process is linked to social inequalities and results in toxic pollution. As a notion and phenomenon, it warrants consideration from a range of different fields and disciplines, including environmental history, social anthropology, ecocritical literary and media studies, art and design and environmental philosophy and aesthetics.
This first instantiation of the rotating EUniWell summer school Mediating Socioecological Emergencies will explore some of these issues and perspectives in critical, theoretical seminars alongside field trips and creative, explorative workshops.
The summer school is open to Masters and doctoral students from the 6 participating universities, who are interested in learning more about environmental humanities. All students will receive a certificate to testify to their participation in the summer school. In addition, doctoral students can earn the equivalent of 7.5 ECTS towards their course requirements, if they complete an essay/blog following the summer school.
As the summer school will be conducted in English, proficiency in English is a prerequisite. If there is a high number of applications, a selection amongst the candidates will be made.
From noon on June 27 to noon on July 1. The summer school requires full-time attendance, including evening (social) activities.
There is no tuition fee to participate in the summer school, which also includes excursions, sustenance, and shared accommodation. Students only need to pay for their travel to Växjö campus.
Linnaeus University, Växjö Campus, Sweden.