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Research

The Seed Box entails cross-university and cross-faculty collaborations (the environmental humanities collaboratory), capacity building activities (research school, guest researchers and postdok program) and a lively research project portfolio. Independent projects are in this project portfolio gathered for collabortive and synergistic purposes into four research clusters: 

Deep Time, Deep Earth, Deep Waters
How can we balance human consumption with the need to curb environmentally, economically and culturally unsustainable instrumenalization of lands and waters? How might we reimagine and decolonize these (un)natural resources?

Green Futures
Too often, environmental issues are depicted as problems needing only technological fixes. Where do these views come from and which hegemonic wordviews undergird ecological politics and practice? What are alternative ways of organizing our relation to green futures?

Toxic Embodiment
Environmental pollution has obvious repercussions for human health, but toxic incursion is best understood as transcorporeal feedback loops across many human and nonhuman bodies. Transits between pathogenic natures and toxic cultures run both ways, deconstructing in existing praxis any remaining ideas of pure bodies but also causing changes we did not expect. How are environed bodies and toxic embodiment construed today? Is transcorporeal toxicity to be regarded as a natural state in the Anthroposcene?

Weather and Climate Change
Climate change may be the defining issue of our time, but effective climate governance requires making room for multiple renderings of climate. How can we--as multispecies communities-- weather these changes whose scale we might barely comprehend?

 

The research programme hosts a synergistic collection of ongoing or newfangled, externally funded or unfunded sub-projects that are headed by individual PIs at LiU or other universities. While we cannot garantee funding, only a joint platform and emergent work spaces - new projects and researchers are welcome to share in the efforts to build up this emerging environmental humanities program in Sweden!

Besides collaborative research exchanges, the projects have in common an interest in working through one or several of the themes of the Seed Box programme: the green field as forms of posthumanities; the role of our collective imaginaries; ethics, justice and intersectionality in posthuman (more-than-human) registers; and/or citizen humanities.