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Environmental Humanities Research Cluster

The Environmental Humanities Research Cluster is an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students interested in the intersections of ecology, environment and culture(s): energy humanities, ecocriticism, posthumanism, environmental philosophy and history, and urban and political ecologies. 

In 2017–18, Iñaki Pradanos and Cathy Wagner were awarded Altman Fellowships from the Miami University Humanities Center to organize “Urban Futures”—a seminar and series of events exploring philosophical, cultural, and historical narratives grounding the social and material realities of urbanity. Visiting participants included Neil Brenner, Ananya Roy, Teju Cole, Teddy Cruz, Fonna Forman, Andrew Ross, Susan Larson, Alison Isenberg, and Miguel Robles-Duran. 

The Environmental Humanities Research Cluster collaboratively extends the “Urban Futures” project’s goals, sponsoring scholarship and conversations toward a socially just and ecologically viable future.
Seminars and events occur frequently. Please contact a faculty coordinator to learn more.

Distinguished Lectures

Cluster Coordinators

Luis Iñaki Prádanos

Cathy Wagner

Cluster Collaborators

Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan

On March 3 - 4, 2020, The Environmental Humanities Research Cluster hosted a symposium, “Approaching Extinction, Contesting Extinction,” at Miami University, with keynote lectures by Kathryn Yusoff (Department of Geography, Queen Mary University of London) and Wesley Leonard, (Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California–Riverside).

Recent studies indicate that a mass species extinction is well underway on our planet. Wildlife populations have decreased by 60% in the last few decades and 70% of agricultural diversity has disappeared. By investigating entanglements between life extinction and political imagination as well as social drivers and cultural dimensions of extinction, we hope to generate strategies for countering or mobilizing fears about death and extinction and enabling collective response and action. 


Myaamia Center
Welcome & Presentation
Shriver Dolibois Room

Leonardo Figueroa Helland & Abigail Perez Aguilera, The New School
“Decolonize, Reindigenize: The Biocultural Diversity Crisis and Indigenous Resurgence”
Shriver Dolibois Room

Marjolein Oele, University of San Francisco
“Philosophizing Extinction: On the Loss of World, and the Possibility of Rebirth through the Language of the Sea”
Shriver Dolibois Room

Keynote Address: Kathryn Yusoff
“The Inhumanities”
Followed by reception
Shriver Dolibois Room


Lisa Ottum, Xavier University
“What We Talk About When We Talk About Extinction”
Shriver Dolibois Room

Ryan Heryford, California State University–East Bay
“‘the word for bringing bodies back from water': Oceanic Ecopoetics, Black Life, and the Re-Imagining of Extinction”
Shriver Dolibois Room

Alex Benson, Bard College
“A Curious Survivance: John Oskison's Baja Rat”
Shriver Dolibois Room

Closing Keynote Address: Wesley Leonard
"Contesting Extinction: Toward a Praxis of Language Reclamation"

Opportunity to view Myaamia Ribbonwork Exhibition
Miami Art Museum, 801 S Patterson

"Changing Climate, Changing Communities" Exhibition Reception
Oxford Community Art Center, 10 S College Ave

Approaching Extinction, Contesting Extinction was funded by a Humanities Research Collaborative Grant from the Miami University Humanities Center and a grant from Athabasca University. Please direct all inquiries about the volume and symposium to