Earth(ly) Matters 2021

deadline for submissions: 
June 12, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Sheffield Hallam Postgraduate Research Students' Society

Online conference:
6, 13, 20 August 2021

Dr Georgia Ennis
Penn State, US

Dr Julian Dobson
Sheffield Hallam, UK

Dr Jo Clement
Poet & Editor

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted our dependence on each other—The actions of others directly affect our day-to-day life and health, demonstrating how our individual actions matter in the grand scheme of things. This year Earth(ly) Matters turns its attention towards the human as part of wider systems: ecosystems, and social, political, and economic systems. Our place within those systems often impacts our physical and mental health and wellbeing both as individuals and as a collective. These systems also impact other adjacent and interconnected systems, like micro- and macro-ecosystems. 

We therefore invite postgraduate researchers and early career researchers to join us this August for our ‘academic summer camp’ to explore the role of humans as individuals, as parts of groups, as cogs in the economic system, and as animals within ecosystems. Through the subheadings of Mind, Body, Nature, & Society, we welcome papers from Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as every other discipline. This conference explores how we as humans depend on, contribute to, rebel against, or actively change the systems around us.

We welcome both academic papers/posters and visual art posters in relation to these themes.

This year’s SHU PRSS’s conference continues the theme of Earth(ly) Matters launched in 2020. We believe in the importance of creating an academic community which explores sustainability both as a theme and in practice.

The conference takes place on Zoom across three Friday afternoons in August. Conference material will include both live events and asynchronous material such as visual posters, written, and pre-recorded papers, to give speakers and attendees more time to engage with the material. We are also organising a poster competition: posters will be displayed online prior to the conference event for attendees to vote on. 

 Submit your abstract for a paper or a poster!

This is a free online event for speakers, presenters, and attendees.
We welcome proposals from postgraduate students and ECRs (within five years of completing their PhD).

Abstracts for papers and presentations should be 250 words, and include a 100-word academic biography.
Submit your abstract to:
Email us if you have any questions!

Final day to submit: 12th of June 2021

If you want to find out about how our conference went last year you can read our post-conference reflections on our blog.

Papers might explore, but are by no means limited to:

  • Exploring human–environment relationships / Human-animal and human-nature relations
  • Analysing the role of humans in Ecosystems / Ecosystems and human well-being / Ecosystems and the anthropocene
  • The collective self / the space between us – exploring human relationships
  • Migration & global systems
  • Our role in climate change, our role in fixing it
  • Health and health care systems
  • Urban and rural environments
  • Accessibility, equality, & inclusion

These are just a few examples, the scope for this conference is very broad, propose a paper that matters to you!