10:00 AM10:00

Writing Workshop 2: Ecopoetics: Form and Process

This workshop is open to all postgraduate students

Led by poet Dr Isabel Galleymore (Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Birmingham), this TECHNE Conflux workshop will introduce ecopoetics to postgraduate students whose research deals with issues of environment, place and the nonhuman. With a special focus on animals, we will be reading and discussing ecopoetry, visiting the Grant Museum of Zoology for inspiration and producing some creative work in workshops.  .

Run by poet-scholars with experience in writing, publishing, teaching, and researching ecopoetry, its aim is to train students in environmental awareness, while developing students’ attentiveness to form and genre as vehicles for environmental expression.

Convenors: Adeline Johns-Putra and Lucy Mercer


10 Introduction to ecopoetics
11.15 Coffee Break
11.30 Reading & writing ecopoetics workshop
12.15 Lunch
1.15 Research trip to the Grant Museum of Zoology
2 Writing workshop 2
3.30-4 Discussion of work

To register interest please email:

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10:00 PM22:00

Writing Workshop I: Bridging the Environmental Humanities and Sciences

  • 11 Bedford Square London, England, WC1B 3RE United Kingdom (map)
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This workshop is aimed at postgraduate researchers in the environmental humanities
interested in interdisciplinary collaborations. The first half of the workshop introduces
students to concepts, protocols, and challenges that may emerge in interdisciplinary
research between the environmental humanities and sciences. The second half of the
workshop will present world-leading research into the Anthropocene. Using this as a case
study for interdisciplinary work, students will be invited to consider and discuss possibilities
for initiating and engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration in their research.

The workshop will be led by Adeline Johns-Putra (Reader in English Literature, University of
Surrey) and Matthew Evans (Professor of Ecology, University of Hong Kong) and includes a
keynote presentation by Mark Maslin (Professor of Climatology, University College London).
Mark Maslin is Professor of Climatology at University College London and a Royal Society
Industrial Fellow. He is science advisor to the Global Cool Foundation and the Sopria-Steria
Group, and a member of the Cheltenham Science Festival Advisory Committee. He is the
author of over 165 scientific papers and has also written many popular books, most
recently, The Human Planet: How We Created the Anthropocene (with Simon Lewis, 2018).


10-11.30: Practical interdisciplinarity: finding common ground
11.30-11.45 Coffee break
11.45-12.15: Practical interdisciplinarity: Q&A
12.15-12.30: The Anthropocene – preliminary discussion
12.30-1.30: Lunch
1.30-2.30 The Anthropocene (keynote by Mark Maslin)
2.30-3.00: The Anthropocene and your research
3.00-3.30: The Anthropocene and the environmental humanities
3.30-4.00: Final discussion: reflections and questions for the future

Workshop registration and preparation

The workshop is open to all PGRs. Please register by 6 August 2018 (note: new extended
deadline) by emailing, with the subject line ‘Writing Workshop
registration’ to confirm attendance.

Workshop organisers
Adeline Johns-Putra (University of Surrey) and Lucy Mercer (Royal Holloway)

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5:00 PM17:00

Launch Event: ‘Encountering’ Art, Nature and World

11 Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3RE

Rooms BSQ003 & BSQ005

*for TECHNE students only

Speakers: Professor John Ó Maoilearca (Kingston), Steven Fowler (Kingston), Patricia Phillippy (Kingston) and Tim Chamberlain (Director of The Wild Tree Adventures)

Chair: Dr Nick Foxton (Kingston)

Drawing on perspectives from the visual arts, performance, film, literature, creative writing and philosophy, this launch frames future events by exploring how the environmental humanities contribute to interdisciplinary research agendas, and how their concern for questions of dialogue, transgression, and transformation posits a particular intervention into the challenges of the Anthropocene. We take encountering both as the sensory meeting of species with each other and/or the natural world, and as the intellectual and artistic encounter between disciplines that concern for this activity facilitates. Bringing together academics, practitioners and students, this event will place interactive participatory activities alongside more formalised discussion and dialogue, laying the foundation for the non-hierarchical learning community of future events.


5 - 6.30pm: presentations and roundtable discussions
6.30 - 7pm: delicious canapés, wine and soft drinks

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