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Writing Workshop I: Bridging the Environmental Humanities and Sciences

  • 11 Bedford Square London, England, WC1B 3RE United Kingdom (map)

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)