5 August, 15.00–16.00 CET

COVID-19 Pandemic from the Perspective of the Environmental Humanities
– Forum discussion with Greta Gaard

The COVID-19 pandemic has further propelled the already multiple, coupled, crises of climate, environment, democracy, poverty, geopolitics, and social inequalities and dysfunctions. What role can Environmental Humanities play in the face of these challenges? How has the field responded so far? 

This Forum discussion will look closer at the connections, actual and potential. Our main speaker will be Greta Gaard, a distinguished ecofeminist scholar and one of the initiators of the ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS: An Open Letter earlier this year. How may the crisis affect our teaching and research? What kind of knowledge and ideas can the Environmental Humanities contribute that will make a difference? The Open Letter also suggests substantive personal life style changes. How can we think fruitfully about relations between the professional, the personal, and the political in our current predicament?    

Facilitator: Sverker Sörlin (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Greta Gaard is an ecofeminist writer, activist, and filmmaker. Her work integrates queer theory, queer ecology, veganism and animal liberation in ecofeminist studies. She is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she teaches human-animal studies, environmental justice and LGBT literature.