deadline for submissions: 
April 2, 2019
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"Earth, Sea, Sky," in association with TORCH at University of Oxford

September 19th-20th, TORCH, University of Oxford

“Earth, Sea, Sky” is an international environmental humanities research network

(http://torch.ox.ac.uk/earth-sea-sky). Our central aims are 1. to examine the varied and

contested medieval and early modern approaches to the natural world, and 2. to

consider how this premodern archive resonates with environmental degradation and

global warming in our current moment. In three linked symposia we will focus on each

domain of “Earth, Sea, Sky.”


We commence at Oxford on “Earth,” the most anthropocentric, localized, and thereby

familiar of the domains. We will consider how premodern texts and visual culture

configure earth in proximity to various vantage points: local, regional, and national as

well as theological, cultural, human, non/human, and creaturely. Although growing out

of our home disciplines in English literary studies and art history, we imagine the event

to be an opportunity to reanimate forgotten perspectives – those that have vanished – in

scholarship and conversation that productively traverses disciplinary and period



For “Earth,” we invite workshop participants to dwell on one or more of the following


• Excavating earth (mines, resources, fossil fuels and other energy sources,


• Picturing earth (maps, globes, diagrams)

• Perceiving / Delimiting earth (borders, limits, perspectives)

• Covering earth (urban/rural, vegetation and crops, weather)

• Saving / Leaving earth (preservation, seed banks, travel, transcendence,



The symposium will combine a series of research presentations and three workshops.

Two workshops will focus on the conceptual provocations listed above, the other (which

will run twice so that everyone who wants to attend it can do so) will address the rise of

the Environmental Humanities as a career trajectory and an employment category.

These workshops are organized to give postgraduate and early career researchers the

chance to present work-in-progress and to discuss themes arising from the research



Prospective workshop participants are invited to send an expression of interest

comprising a short statement of current research or practice (300-500 words) and a onepage

CV to thomas.white@ell.ox.ac.uk and earthseaskynetwork@gmail.com by 2nd April.

Workshop leaders may ask each participant to share short papers or presentations that

engage these conceptual provocations; there will also likely be shared reading for them.

If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know in your expression of