2023 Humanities Institute, "Affective Currents"

The 2023 Leslie Center for the Humanities Institute is "Affective Currents: Moving the Environmental Humanities", Monday, April 3-Wednesday, May 31.

The Leslie Center for the Humanities Institute "Affective Currents: Moving the Environmental Humanities" focuses attention on environmental humanities research and practices that foster affective responses to environmental concerns, with the goal to "move the world," rather than just "think the world." The institute is organized around the fluid themes of air and water currents, particularly as they intersect with the emotional themes of precarity and imaginative capacities—what we are calling "undercurrents". A focus on symbolic and material currents, undercurrents, tides, and streams acknowledges the complex meshing of human and nonhuman subjects that is at the core of any eco-cultural inquiry, their constant entanglement and restlessness in an age of socio-environmental distress. One of the goals of the Institute is also to rethink our academic practices in ways that engage the affective registers of environmental change, with a focus on interdisciplinary collaborative writing and creative work. Starting on April 3rd, and lasting until May 31st, the Institute will meet every Monday, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, in 101 Dartmouth Hall, and will consist of either a group discussion on a reading or a guest lecture. The Institute will culminate in a one-day symposium on Monday, May 22nd. If you are interested in participating in one or more of the weekly meetings, please contact us (matteo.gilebbi@dartmouth.edu), or write to the Leslie Center at Humanities.Events@Dartmouth.edu.

Laura Ogden, Damiano Benvegnù, and Matteo Gilebbi (Institute Co-directors)

Martina Broner, Alysia Garrison, Maron Greenleaf, and Zenovia Toloudi (Institute Core Members)


More information on the institute is available on the Environmental Humanities website: https://sites.dartmouth.edu/eh/affective-currents-institute/


Register for the first event on April 3rd, "Institute Introductions & Goals": https://dartmouth.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rNp9PIyuQPWO9h7L5Z1afA