The Environmental Humanities are an emerging interdisciplinary area of international research and teaching that addresses contemporary environmental challenges in a way that is historically, philosophically and culturally informed.

Environmental Humanities at UNSW is a cross-faculty integrated teaching and research programme that has developed a distinctive approach to this field, bringing together a uniquely interdisciplinary group of scholars with a grounding in history, philosophy, cultural studies, literature, science and technology studies (STS) and social theory, working towards a critical ‘politics of nature’.

This approach focuses on the ‘remaking’ of the natural world, both discursively and materially, to explore the alteration of historical and cultural understandings of nature, and the direct modification of the natural world’s intimate materiality: from the alteration of genetic sequences to the damming of rivers and wholesale transformation of ecosystems.

Across a range of empirical sites, the group’s teaching and research explores the many ways in which environmental problems are irreducibly entangled with social and cultural practices and questions of politics, knowledge, meaning, value and ethics.

In thinking through the environment, the group aims to develop new approaches to humanities scholarship, so that environmental knowledge and research might be recognised as sites for novel conceptual and theoretical work.