7 August, 15.00–16.00 CET

Sustainable academia
– Forum discussion with Kathleen Brosnan and Felipe Milanez

The forum aims at exploring the multi-faceted concept of sustainability in the academic context. How is equity, for example with regards to diversity and gender, to be achieved in academia? Why are or should academics be militants in societal causes? What are the means for surviving as an academic in neoliberal academia? These are among the contemporary topics facing both young and established scholars of the Environmental Humanities.

Our guest speakers are Kathleen Brosnan and Felipe Milanez.

Facilitator: Marco Armiero (KTH Royal Institute of Technology).

Kathleen A. Brosnan is the Travis Chair of Modern American History at the University of Oklahoma and past president of the American Society for Environmental History. She is the author of numerous articles, such as “The Lifting Fog: Race, Work, and Environment” in Environmental History (2019), and the book, Uniting Mountain and Plain: Cities, Law, and Environmental Change along the Front Range (2002). Brosnan also edited the award-winning Encyclopedia of American Environmental History (2010), and co-edited City Dreams, Country Schemes (2011); Energy Capitals (2014); Mapping Nature Across the Americas (forthcoming 2020); City of Lake and Prairie: Chicago’s Environmental History (forthcoming 2020); and The Greater Plains: Rethinking a Region’s Environmental Histories (forthcoming 2021). Among her public history work, she was project director for an online exhibit, To Bear Fruit for Our Race: A History of African American Physicians in Houston.

Felipe Milanez is political ecologist, associate professor at the Institute for Humanities, Arts and Sciences of the Federal University of Bahia. He is the coordinator of the Working Group of Political Ecologies Desde Abya Yala, of the Latin America Social Sciences Council, and holds a PhD in Social Studies at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, part of the European Network of Political Ecology. Associated researcher at the Cuture and Society Post-Graduate program at the Federal University of Bahia and the master of History of Africa, Diaspora and Indigenous Peoples and the Federal University of Reconcavo of Bahia. Felipe has experience in journalism, as editor of National Geographic Brazil and Brazil Indigena magazines, having published journalist articles  to different outlets such as RollingStone Brasil, CartaCapital, Indian Country Today, Vice, GQ among others, and in filmaking, having directed the documentary Toxic Amazon, for Vice.com, and the screenwriting Brazil Wars, for Netflix. Has a lifetime commitment to the struggles of indigenous peoples and forest traditional populations in Brazil, author of the books Sertanistas Memories: Hundred Years of Indigenism in Brazil, and The Wars of Conquest.​