Annual Theme for 2019-2020 Strange Weather

Our year's focus for 2019-2020 will be on environmental humanities. All of the residential fellows will be selected for their work's relevance to this theme, as will our Program for the Arts events.

How might the humanities contribute to the critical discourse on energy and climate? The energy crisis is no longer simply about limited supplies but now concerns the very nature and place of energy in human life and society. Strange weather as symptom of changing climate destabilizes our trust in and certainty of our home (i.e. our planet) and provokes fantasies of control and of chaos. How can we help frame questions of environmental degradation, scientific knowledge and its popularization, especially in their relation to social equity, and societal futures?