Building Environmental Humanities at the University of Toronto

Description of activities, leadership, contact information

Description of Activities

The Environmental Humanities Network was conceived to address the absence of environmental humanities (EH) at the University of Toronto by establishing a network of EH scholars - faculty and graduate students from various campuses – and creating an institutional home for this vital field of inquiry.

In this third year, we will continue to host EH events, build strategic partnerships, expand our network of scholars and students, develop our collective vision for a long-term institutional home.

In the midst of a global pandemic – an explicitly environmental crisis – the University of Toronto’s EH work is more important than ever. The environmental humanities, both as a field of research and as an approach to world-building, drives essential research and teaching on the social, moral, and emotional dimensions of a post-pandemic recovery. Our events in the coming year will imagine ways of building biotic coalitions across and between species, both during and after the pandemic.


  • Grace King, M.E.S. student, School of the Environment
  • Andrea Most, FAS English
  • Alexandra Rahr, Centre for the Study of the United States


Faculty, University of Toronto

  • Alan Ackerman, FAS English
  • Tania Aguila-Way, FAS English
  • Alan Bewell, FAS English
  • Mark Cheetham, FAS Art History
  • Michael Ekers, UTSC Human Geography
  • Matt Farish, FAS Geography & Planning
  • Melissa Gniadek, UTM English & Drama
  • Kajri Jain, UTM Visual Studies
  • Sherry Lee, Faculty of Music
  • Fikile Nxumalo, OISE Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
  • Stanka Radovic, UTM English & Drama
  • John Robinson, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
  • Stephen Scharper, UTM Anthropology
  • Avery Slater, UTM English & Drama
  • Stefan Soldovieri, FAS German
  • Tanhum Yoreh, School of Environment

Graduate Students, University of Toronto

  • Judith Brunton, Study of Religion
  • Derek Dunlop, Art History
  • Olivia Pellegrino, English
  • Michaela Rife, Art History

Graduate Students outside University of Toronto

  • Aftab Mirzaei, Science & Technology Studies, York University
  • Justyna Poray-Wybranowska, English, York University
  • Colin Sutherland, Geography, York University

Undergraduate Student, University of Toronto

  • Aisha Assan-Lebbe, FAS Geography

Community Professional

  • Henry Ivry, journalist